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    As an expat Kiwi, I'm not happy about the mess or what appears to be a slow response by the NZ government to the disaster... It looks like this ship is going to the bottom. Large cracks in the hull following poor weather.

    Dwayne

    Rena Captain Charged, Oil washes ashore in Tauranga... | Stuff.co.nz

    The stricken cargo ship Rena could break up, and taxpayers may have to pay for part of the salvage and clean-up, Prime Minister John Key says.

    Do you have news, photos or video? Email us at newstips@stuff.co.nz

    The 47,000 tonne ship Rena, which struck the Astrolabe reef off Tauranga last Wednesday, has been leaking oil into the sea. Up to 70 containers have fallen from the deck, as heavy seas continued to thwart salvage efforts.

    Thick slicks of oil drifting from the ship have washed ashore on Tauranga beaches and oil has been seen on beaches in harbour suburbs.

    The ship's captain appeared in court today, facing charges under Section 65 of the Maritime Act, covering dangerous activity involving ships or maritime products.

    Key today said large stress fractures had been identified on the boat and he couldn't rule out the possibility of the ship breaking up.

    Taxpayers may have to cover costs if the Rena's insurance was unable to fully cover the disaster, Key said.

    Key defended the Government's reaction to the stranding. "I know everyone would love us to wave a magic wand but that's not possible."

    Key said there was a national plan for such disasters and that it had been put into action the moment the boat hit the reef.

    "I understand people are frustrated. I'm frustrated too.

    "Unfortunately we have to deal with the cards dealt to us."

    The boom across the Maketu estuary appeared to be effective but Key said: "we may well see more oil in the estuary".

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    Re: A big mess

    Hi Dwayne,

    I am sorry to hear such bad news. I know how much you care about the Ocean. See you tomorrow night.

    Best regards,
    Chett. L

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    Re: A big mess

    It appears the one ford mustang on the vessel is one my mate has been waiting on for 9 months... its a collectors item...

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    Re: A big mess

    Quote Originally Posted by tecdiverdude  View Original Post
    It appears the one ford mustang on the vessel is one my mate has been waiting on for 9 months... its a collectors item...
    They talk about $5 Billion in insurance but as I found out with the Christchurch earthquakes, insurance can mean nothing.

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    Re: A big mess

    Yeah, its a sorry state of affairs.
    Just had news that a planned trip out of Tauranga this weekend has been cancelled do to the oil pollution.

    Had absolutely perfect weather for 4 days after the grounding and no fuel or containers were removed!!!

    Lets hope they get it all off before it sinks.

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    It's not sounding good - apparently there is a large crack running vertically down the port side from the deck to the waterline.

    I don't think the authorities could have done much more any quicker - it's financially impractical to have large floating cranes and empty oil tankers standing by just in case a container ship hits the reef. I think they determined right at the start that getting the oil off was a priority - both from a pollution control and lightening the ship perspective but there wasn't a suitable tanker available in the first few days to take the oil off.

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    Re: A big mess

    The day it hit there was an offer of 2 vessels that could take 100 tonnes of oil per trip. They reckon they could have cleared it in 4 days.

    Other vessels could also have been used. They did have a barge there for less than a day but had to stop pumping due to equipment failure.

    The term "financially impractical " should have zero to do with it.



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    Re: A big mess

    Tauranga is a big port with container handling facilities/tugs/barges - It just seemed no one took ownership or action for the first three days.

    The AIS beacon on the ship is now gone - Likely no power after the crew were evacuated. The tanker Awanuia that was assisting is back in port but Swiber Torunn and HMNZS Endevour appear to be currently onsite.

    RENA - Vessel's Details and Current Position - 8806802 - 636014911
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    Re: A big mess

    When I looked about 30 minutes ago the Swiber Torunn was just heading out.

    Not sure what type of vessel she is.

    SWIBER TORUNN - Vessel's Details and Current Position - 9502166 - 538003456

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    Re: A big mess

    Quote Originally Posted by Packhorse  View Original Post
    When I looked about 30 minutes ago the Swiber Torunn was just heading out.

    Not sure what type of vessel she is.

    SWIBER TORUNN - Vessel's Details and Current Position - 9502166 - 538003456
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