Smit Borneo discharging No.7 Hold
After the discharge of the No.7 Hold abaft of the accommodation, Smit Borneo was unable to replace the hatch cover. The combined movement of the barge and Rena made it tough work to position the lid on the listing hatch coaming and so it was last reported sitting on the deck of the barge.
As posted yesterday, work has started on No.6 Hold forward of the accommodation. There was a surprise for the crews on the support craft when a 40' container was discharged with a 'tide mark' and water pouring out from around the door seals. No.6 Hold is partially flooded, and with open No.7 Hold the Antipodean Mariner speculates that Rena's watertight integrity is now compromised ahead of the predicted 7 metre swells.
Sources report that the salvors have pre-designated locations assigned in case Rena breaks free from Astrolabe Reef this weekend. Providing all goes well with the repositioning of Smit Borneo, the AHTS GO Canopus will spend the weekend attached to Rena's stern with a towing bridle.
The forward section, with the forecastle head collapsed on top of the bulbous bow, is probably a lost cause and is unlikely to ever float again. Again speculation on the AM's part that with the damage and difficulty of positioning Smit Borneo in the shallowest water where Rena grounded, the salvers will concentrate their resources on the afloat stern.
The Antipodean Mariner