The Rena wreck will remain on Astrolabe Reef.
In a decision released today consent to 'dump' the remains of the MV Rena, its equipment and cargo on the reef as a result of the grounding of the vessel on October, 5, 2011 has been granted.
Application for consent to 'discharge' any harmful substances or contaminants from the remains of the MV Rena, its equipment and cargo that may occur over time as a result of the degradation of the vessel, has also been granted.
Regional council chief executive Mary-Anne Macleod said the consent application had been granted subject to an 'extensive suite of conditions' outlined within a 451 page document.
Image 1 of 23 The stricken container ship, Rena, stuck on Astrolabe Reef off, Motiti Island, Bay of Plenty. Photo: JOEL FORD BOP 15Oct11 - DOWNTURN: The Rena co Image 2 of 23 The container ship, Rena, sits on Astrolabe Reef, off Motiti Island, Bay of Plenty Photo: JOEL FORD Image 3 of 23 The container ship MV Rena pictured where it struck the Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Tauranga on the morning of 5th October 2011. The grounding of Image 4 of 23 Salvors stand on fallen containers onboard the container ship MV Rena which struck the Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Tauranga on the morning of 5th Image 5 of 23 The container ship Rena sits in two pieces on Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Tauranga. Big swells have broken the ship apart. Photo: JOEL FORD BOP 09 Image 6 of 23 Image 7 of 23 Army personnel pictured at work cleaning up the latest oil spill to hit Papamoa Beach today. Vast amounts of oil came ashore this morning from the con Image 8 of 23 Rena. Containers from the stricken ship are washing up on Mount Maunganui beaches BOP 13Oct11 - MESS: A shipping container off the stricken ship Rena Image 9 of 23 Aerial view of shipping containers that have fallen off the container ship Rena and washed up on the shore of Motiti Island. The Rena ran aground off Image 10 of 23 Bags of milk powder that washed ashore on Waihi Beach from the container ship Rena. Photo: JOEL FORD WGC 10Jan12 - MESS: Bags of milk powder that was Image 11 of 23 Containers from the Rena that washed ashore on Waihi Beach. Photo: JOEL FORD BOP 10Jan12 - WASHED UP: People are being warned to stay away from conta Image 12 of 23 Work on cutting up the Rena continues. OAT 19Feb13 - 500 DAYS ON: Work on cutting up the Rena continues. PHOTO/APN WTA 19Feb13 - NAT 19Feb13 - NZH 2 Image 13 of 23 General view of the wreck of the MV Rena with a salvage barge behind pictured off the coast from Tauranga today as the salvage effort continues. The s Image 14 of 23 File picture of a little blue penguin being treated at the Oiled Wildlife Response Centre that was set-up at Mt Maunganui during the grounding of the Image 15 of 23 File picture of a little blue penguin being treated at the Oiled Wildlife Response Centre that was set-up at Mt Maunganui during the grounding of the Image 16 of 23 File picture of a group of little blue penguins being released back into the wild after having been treated at the Oiled Wildlife Response Centre that Image 17 of 23 Image 18 of 23 March for Moko, Papamoa. Photo/George Novak Image 19 of 23 General view of what little remains of the wreck of the MV Rena out on Astrolabe Reef off the coast from Tauranga today. Salvors hope to have all trac Image 20 of 23 Shipwreck of the MV Rena, Astrolabe Reef, Bay of Plenty. screengrab SUPPLIED NZH 17Jul14 - BTG 22Aug14 - RGP 11Aug15 - Image 21 of 23 Astrolabe reef, minor debri field, with Rena wreck in background. 4 x images stitched into a panorama. NZH 10Jun14 - The Rena wreck visible from under Image 22 of 23 Umuhuri Matehaere, chairman of the Motiti Rohe Moana Trust, pictured on the beach at Mt Maunganui today. Mr Matehaere is among the people who will nex Image 23 of 23
Ms Macleod said under section 120 of the Rescource Management Act, any person who made a submission now had 15 days to reappeal the decision to the Environment Court.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council stated that due to the complexity of this application, it would not comment further on the decision this afternoon.
The Council will take time to consider the content of the decision document.
However, the regional council stated the Rena consent application had been particularly complex, with:
• 23 technical reports submitted with the application,
• 151 submissions received in response to the application
• An independent hearing panel established to hear, consider and decide on the application
• The hearing took 20 days. Lists and transcripts of all submitters, technical advisors, expert witnesses, and information presented at the hearing is available on www.renaresourceconsent.org.nz