" New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster has been realised, Environment Minister Nick Smith says.
Smith told a press conference this afternoon the oil haemorrhaging from the ship's punctured hull today was ''fivefold'' the rate it had been in the days after its grounding on the Astrolabe Reef.
Transport Minister Steven Joyce told the public that Tauranga residents could expect to see oil washing up on beaches for months to come.
"It is my view that the tragic events that we are seeing unfolding were absolutely inevitable from the point when the Rena ran on to the reef in the early hours of Wednesday morning," Smith said.
He said the situation had become "New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster".
I can't argue with that but remember so far we haven't lost any lives lets keep it that way. Maritime NZ ( MNZ ) made the right call getting people off the ship.
I hate having a go at other bloggers but No Right Turn is talking crap, something that is very unusual for him. I enjoy his blog but disagree with his comments policy.
" At this stage its worth reminding people of our capability to respond to an oil spill. Below is exactly one third of our national oil recovery fleet:
Fills you with confidence that they'll be able to handle it, doesn't it?"
I try to keep away from issues I know fuck all about and Malcolm ? ( I think ), has gone looking for an angle and fucked up big time. He has forgotten about the private sector he has also forgotten about the Navy and the port companies assets around NZ that are available to the salvers and MNZ.
I was on the Taranui when it was built it was the first of these vessels commissioned it was just before she was handed over to the New Zealand Refining Company.
This as I said was the first skimmer barge the subsequent two boats were payed for by the 5 + 5 year lease by NZRC. ie the tax payer owns but didn't pay for these boats. A very good public / private sector partnership.
Now this is why I am so pissed off with No Right Turn, these vessels were never designed to work 7 miles off shore but within harbour limits.
( Disclosure: I work for Professional Skipper magazine but these are my opinions not the magazines official opinion )
Lets have a look at groundings and there have been 4 that have involved significant oil spills .
" The following list includes the more significant marine oil spills that occurred around New Zealand since 1990.
- 1998, Don Wong 529 - Stewart Island (with 400 tonnes of automotive gas oil spilled)
- 1999, Rotoma - Poor Knights Island (oily bilge discharge of approx 7 tonnes spilled)
- 2000, Sea Fresh - Chatham Islands (60 tonnes of diesel spilled)
- 2002, Jody F Millennium – Gisborne (25 tonnes of fuel oil spilled) ".
The Jodie F Millennium resulted in the barges No Right Turn disparages.
A Labour MP accused I think Joyce of lying today but I can't find the story so will hold off on who I think it was. Nobody is lying , the truth is nobody knows, that ship could break up tonight or next week or next month or even next year time and tide wait for no man