Today's news from Astrolabe Reef is that the weather is benign. With the after decks now clear and No.7 Hold aft of the accommodation completely discharged, Smit Borneo has moved forward to start on No.6 Hold under-deck stow.
For this phase, the hatch pontoons have to be removed to access the container stow. The hatch pontoons are just watertight blanks, and are not self-powered like the hatch covers on a bulk carrier. Normally, the hatch pontoons are 'stacked' on adjacent hatches by the shore container crane. As maintaining Rena's watertight intergity is paramount, the AM speculates that the Salvors will keep the pontoons at site.
Container ships don't use twistlocks in the underdeck stow, so there won't be any photos of multiple container stacks being withdrawn from the cell guides. It will be box-by-box now, mostly heavy, fully laden containers.
Nice panoramic shot of Astrolabe Reef with Mt Maunganui in the background
Great perspective shot after last week's storm, showing a new view of the bow and stern mis-alignment.
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