Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Most Diesel Still Safely Aboard Stricken Ship

Date: 05 March, 2008 (1225hrs)

Most Diesel Still Safely Aboard Stricken Ship

Relieved authorities say an inspection today has revealed most of the diesel fuel carried by fishing boat grounded on a Far North reef remains on the vessel and is in no immediate danger of escaping into the sea.

Greatly improved weather conditions allowed members of an Auckland-based salvage team to earlier today board the stricken roughly 20-metre long commercial fishing vessel ‘Seawyf’ for the first time since it grounded on Fair Way Reef early yesterday.

Ian Niblock, the Northland Regional Council’s Regional Harbourmaster, says the steel-hulled ship remains stuck fast, listing to its port side, where it came to grief in bad weather about three nautical miles north of the Mangonui Harbour entrance.

Mr Niblock says despite damage to its hull in a number of places – and extensive flooding inside the hull – the largest two of its four fuel tanks are intact and in no imminent damage of rupturing. The two aft tanks are now estimated to hold about 1200 litres of oil each – a total of 2400 litres – and Mr Niblock says authorities will be looking to remove it from the vessel as soon as practicable.

He says today’s inspection had however shown an estimated 600 litres of diesel had escaped from two smaller fuel tanks in the vessel’s bow and was believed responsible for an oil slick that stretched for up to 2km yesterday before breaking up in the rough conditions.

“Fortunately, diesel is quite a light fuel and it appears that the diesel that did escape has broken up quite quickly with no obvious signs of any damage to the marine environment or wildlife.”

Small traces of residual diesel – apparently from the small bow tanks - are still leaking from the vessel today but are breaking up quickly and the Regional Council will continue to monitor the situation.

Meanwhile, Mr Niblock says it could take salvors a number of days to refloat the vessel itself, an operation which could prove difficult for a number of reasons including the exposed nature of the grounding site and the damage to the vessel’s hull.

“The salvage team is currently calculating how it can introduce buoyancy into the hull to help float the boat and will also be making inquiries to ascertain what tugs are available to help pull it off the reef. Fortunately, the Seawyf is not in any immediate danger of falling off the reef.”

Mr Niblock says the cause of the grounding will be investigated by Maritime New Zealand.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election