The Gladstone-based Sea Tow 60 barge has been taken to New Zealand to be part of the salvage effort for the stricken Rena.
The Gladstone-based Sea Tow 60 barge has been taken to New Zealand to be part of the salvage effort for the stricken Rena. Contributed

Barge heads to NZ salvage

AS THE world watches the cargo ship Rena aground on a reef off New Zealand, a Gladstone connection has become involved in the salvage effort.

The crane barge Sea-Tow 60 was taken from Gladstone and has arrived at the Rena.

After the oil has been drained from the Rena, the ST60 will be used to lift shipping containers off the stricken ship.

The barge is owned by PB Sea-Tow, which has an office in Gladstone. It has been chartered to Svitzer, the company conducting the salvage effort at the Rena.

The ST60 is a dumb barge, meaning it is towed behind a tug and is used for carrying cargo.

The Observer understands Svitzer will put a crane on the ST60.

The plight of the Rena has captured the attention of international media since the cargo ship ran aground on a reef off Tauranga. It still has some 358 tonnes of heavy fuel on board.


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