The former Foodtown supermarket in Cameron Road is the new shore side headquarters for the Rena salvage operation.
Today the supermarket, which has been empty since May this year, is occupied by about 200 people from the different aspects of the operation; the salvors, the oil spill response, the joint military operation, consultants and communications staff are occupying tables loaded with laptops against walls and partitions displaying charts, drawings and plans.
The new command centre is up and running.
The former base behind Classic Flyers was too small.
“It was just so crowded there, it was just a couple of offices, a tiny little space,” says the spokesperson.
“It was a huge exercise setting up all the IT.”
They will be based at the former supermarket for the duration, until the Rena is completely off the reef – which means months.
Just taking the containers off alone is going to be months of work.
They start work about 6am each day and run on until at least 9.30pm.
Meals are brought in.