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I had the opportunity to dive on the MV Rena this weekend. For those of you not aware the 236m container vessel ran aground on Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. It subsequently broke up in heavy seas, spewing it's 200 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and hazardous containers before sinking. Following a long recovery and salvage process it is in the protracted and lengthy process of a resource consent hearing to determine whether the wreck can be left or further removal needs to be carried out. Since the exclusion zone was lifted the Mount Maunganui Underwater Club dives the vessel when weather permits. This year the Bay of Plenty region has been plagued by strong north westerlies, late season for the water temperatures to warm up and below average visibility conditions. This past Sunday the club visited the wreck again and thankfully the blue water had finally made an appearance, the scale of the wreck can only be appreciated in the clearer conditions and on this day it didn't disappoint. Shot on a Canon 7d, Tokina 10-17 in a Nauticam NA7D Mk II housing. https://vimeo.com/207180478
Hi, I have been busy in the last few days putting up a website to showcase underwater footage from here in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. The 236m container ship MV Rena was wrecked on a local reef 4 years ago, at the time carrying 1368 shipping containers. After an extensive period of salvage operations the owners wish to keep the remains on the reef and part of that process involves going to the local regional council for a resource consent.The local dive club Mounta Maunganui Underwater Club that I am a member of is endorsing that stance and some of us recently had the oportunity to dive the wreck for ourselves capturing photos and video. Their is considerable opposition from various parties for the wreck to remain so it will be interesting to see how it plays out. Due to this increase in interest in the underwater environment this has created I thought it would be timely to showcase my videos and photos that I have been taking for my own personal interest over the last 5 years. Hopefully it will be of interest to some of you here. http://bayofplentyunderwater.com/videos/ Best Regards, Dale