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


Oil spill response exercise

Oil spill response exercise

For immediate release: Tuesday 27 May 2008

Environment Bay of Plenty staff improved their oil spill response skills as part of an exercise in Tauranga today.

The exercise involved assessing, monitoring and communicating a potential spill on Tauranga harbour.

The team then identified areas at risk of contamination if an oil spill occurs and discussed the best way to respond to protect sensitive sites. They looked at the timing of tides, weather, natural features nearby and discussed the types of booms and other oil collecting equipment they could use.

An operation team then inflated two red booms - one near the marina and one near the Sanford wharves to recover oil in the event of a spill. A skimmer machine was also put into the water. This equipment can remove oil by skimming the surface of the water.

Environment Bay of Plenty Harbourmaster Carl Magazinovic said the exercise went very smoothly and everyone in the team made an important contribution.

"Holding these practical exercises gives us an opportunity to practise the skills we've learned and also apply them to our local environment," Mr Magazinovic said.

The oil response team consists of staff from Environment Bay of Plenty, Port of Tauranga, Maritime New Zealand, and Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management, who carry out regular training exercises together.


© 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