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Operation Basil Brush

Operation Basil Brush

20 February 2018

Up to 50 people will be taking part in a marine oil spill exercise at Butters Wharf at the Port of Tauranga this Thursday 22 February. Organised by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the exercise will help maintain and build oil spill response capability amongst industry and first responders at New Zealand’s busiest port.

More than half of those taking part in the exercise will be Regional Council staff, and also include representatives from Department of Conservation, Maritime NZ, Waikato Regional Council and iwi representatives. Also present will be everyone responsible for transferring oil at the Port of Tauranga. The exercise will be held between 8am – 4pm, and involve multiple boats in the water.

Participants have been informed that the incident involves an oil transfer company losing some of its product at the tanker terminal. They have been informed that onsite staff has deployed some booms, but no further details are being released ahead of then so as to allow participants to react to unknown events.


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