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

 

Rena Update ( 16)

Rena Update (#16)

National On Scene Commander Nick Quinn says his team is in good shape and remains committed to getting the job done as the Rena response enters its second week.

"I can tell by the activity and mood of our Incident Command Centre that our resolve is strong and morale is high.

"We are now coordinating a team of around 1000 people involved in operations on land, sea and air and covering areas like field operations, planning, logistics, wildlife recovery and community and iwi liaison. Everyone is working extremely hard to help out.

"Many have been here since the start and have put in some massive hours so we are looking to bring new people in to give others a break.

"We have a long road ahead of us so must ensure we maintain our maximum capability and capacity to respond," Mr Quinn says.

Clean Up Operations

* A total of 95.45 tonnes of solid waste and 6 tonnes of liquid waste was taken to the transfer station by 5pm yesterday. The waste is being collected by two companies working through a consented waste management plan.

* It expected that there will be in excess of 1000 people collecting oil from the beaches today, targeting the Papamoa and Mount areas. This includes many of the more than 2000 people that had registered by yesterday.

* There are approximately 60 kilometres of oiled coastline, from Maketu to Mount Maunganui. The oiling ranges in severity.

* Predicted westerly winds will push oil away from the beaches today but will extend the area of the oil spill response out to the east.



* Beach access has been restricted between Mount Maunganui to Maketu Point, including the Maketu Estuary. This is to minimise as much as possible further environmental damage.

Salvage

* Salvage teams have worked overnight to build a platform, which they intend to attach to the port side of the vessel today. They will then use this platform to assist fuel recovery operations.

* Two teams of three will be winched on to the vessel this morning. Evacuation teams remain on standby to evacuate these teams if required. It is a challenging and potentially dangerous job - but the salvage team we have is the best in the world and they have human safety as their number one priority.

* There is a strong wind warning advisory in place and the westerly is expected to increase to 25-30 knots, this may hamper salvage operations.

* There has been no reported change to the Rena's state overnight.

Containers

* 88 containers have been reported to have fallen off the ship. 20 of these have come ashore.

* The salvage company, Svitzer is responsible for collecting the containers in the water. They report they have identified 35 of these, and 14 have been recovered.

* Members of the public should not touch containers that reach the shore, or any of the goods that have come free from the containers.

Volunteers

* More than 2500 people have registered through the new website set up yesterday http://www.boprc.govt.nz/oilspillvolunteers . This equates to about 200 people registering per hour. People can also register to volunteer at the Omanu, Papamoa and Mount Maunganui surf clubs.

* Volunteer coordinators at the incident command centre are working through a plan to roster these volunteers so their assistance can be used effectively.

* The first of these volunteers will be out on the beaches today after receiving a briefing this morning at Omanu Surf Club. There will be further volunteer beach clean ups over the coming days, involving more volunteers at more locations.

Wildlife

* There were 140 people in the field yesterday (Thursday) covering 80 kilometres of coastline.

* There were 10 live oiled birds found, bringing the total number of oiled live birds in the facility to 51.

* There were five dotterels pre-emptively caught yesterday, taking the total to 13 dotterels in captivity. None of these are oiled.

* There are only about 1500 dotterels in existence. A special aviary is being built at the wildlife facility to cater to the needs of these rare birds. The team is catching adult birds. They can live for 25 years and although eggs are being abandoned they will be able to breed again next year. Any chicks will be recovered.

* On Motiti Island, eight little blue penguins were found including three chicks. The chicks are safe with no oiling, and are being taken to the wildlife centre where a creche is being set up for them.

* A total of 500 dead birds had been identified by yesterday afternoon.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM Announces Royal Commission Into Christchurch Attacks

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that there will be a Royal Commission of Inquiry into security agencies following the Christchurch terrorist attacks... The inquiry will look at what could or should have been done to prevent the attack, Ms Ardern said. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ridding The Net Of White Supremacist Propaganda

Although it won’t be a walk in the park, gun law reform will be an easier job than neutralising the Internet hate content that (a) recruited the Christchurch shooter, and (b) confirmed him in his beliefs. More>>

Friday: National Remembrance Service

A National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, and all those affected by it, will be held at 10am on Friday 29 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK
For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch
 

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels