A disaster is quite possibly revealing itself off Tauranga’s coast – my home town. The ‘Bay of Plenty Times’ has the latest.
Large fractures in the hull of the stricken cargo ship Rena are getting worse, increasing the chances the ship will break up.
Aerial footage taken by TVNZ shows the hull of the vessel has cracked open.
Prime Minister John Key this afternoon said on Wednesday the substantial fractures in the vessel made it much more likely to break up on the reef.
He defended the amount of time it had taken the Government to respond to the disaster, saying the operation had been carried out as swiftly as possible.
“I can understand people wanting to believe that this could be fixed more quickly. But the Government doesn’t hold a magic wand …
“We are moving as quickly as we can.”
Salvage team captain John Walker said the condition of the ship was deteriorating.
Three tugboats were ready to head to the Rena to try to pump more oil out of it if weather conditions allowed, he said.
However, salvage teams had capped the tanks before leaving the vessel and it was possible no more oil would escape, he said.
- The latest update from the Rena oil spill disaster in Bay of Plenty (peter-petterson.blogspot.com)
- Salvage crew returns to NZ ship (bbc.co.uk)
- M/V Rena Update: Substantial Structural Failure, Vessel May Break Apart (gcaptain.com)
- NZ Politics Daily – 13 October (liberation.typepad.com)
- Fears Intensify for New Zealand Oil Spill Ship (online.wsj.com)
- MV Rena… “The worst environmental maritime disaster in New Zealand” – Prime Minister (gcaptain.com)
- Stranded Ship in N.Z. Safe From Breakup for Now, Official Says (businessweek.com)
- Ship Off New Zealand Might Break Apart (online.wsj.com)
- New Zealand Oil Spil: Oil To Be Pumped From Stricken Ship Rena (huffingtonpost.com)
- ‘Massive’ oil spill clean-up underway in New Zealand (cnn.com)