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


Grounded ship to be removed before Christmas

Grounded ship to be removed before Christmas

For immediate release: Thursday 6 November 2008
Environment Bay of Plenty is finalising the plan for the removal of the wreck of the San Cuvier from the Opotiki coast.
The San Cuvier was grounded in July on a rocky stretch of coastline east of Opape and west of Torere.
The vessel’s owners Sanford and their insurers are responsible for the removal plan and they are working with an experienced salvage company who will remove the vessel. Under the plan the vessel will be cut up and scrap will be air-lifted to a safe place.
Last week Environment Bay of Plenty staff received a copy of the draft removal plan, which looks at ways of addressing the potential environmental risks associated with removing the wreck.
Environment Bay of Plenty Group Manager Water Management Eddie Grogan said staff are finalising the details of the plan.
“Once the plan is approved and Environment Bay of Plenty is satisfied that everything has been done to minimise the impact on the coast then we give the authorisation needed to start the removal operation,” Mr Grogan said.
The operation could start within the next week and be completed before Christmas.
Environment Bay of Plenty staff will oversee the removal to make sure the impact on the coastline is minimal.
During the past four months Eastern Bay of Plenty harbour master Brian Spake has regularly checked the coastline near the grounded boat and has seen no signs of contamination.
In total about 18,000 litres of liquids were successfully removed from the boat; about 11,000 litres of which was diesel fuel. All loose material has been removed from the boat by the boat’s owners.
“This stretch of coastline is special to many people living and working in the area. It has areas of significant conservation value with important resident wildlife and kaimoana gathering areas. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the harbour master team, the boat’s owners, local iwi and other organisations, the coastline has not been contaminated so far from the fuel on board the grounded vessel.  It is a priority for us that the coastline remains uncontaminated,” Mr Grogan said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Rampant Pandering To The Farming Vote

What on earth has happened to the political parties n the centre-right? Once upon a time in the US, the party of Lincoln was a respectable political party before it devolved into the cult of Trump. Here at home, the National Parry used to be able to manage and administer the economic orthodoxy in a reasonably competent fashion. Now it can barely do simple addition and subtraction. Something must have gotten into the water, and not simply out on the farm... More>>


Winston Peters Speech: The Gathering Storm Clouds: Ihumatao

Frequently around New Zealand you hear people say that politicians are all the same. It’s a convenient way to dismiss any careful investigation of the truth of that statement. New Zealand First since its inception has been committed to ‘one law ... More>>


National Agriculture Policy: Will Restore Farmer Confidence And Pride

A National Government will reduce regulatory burden and give farmers confidence for the future. Leader of the National Party Judith Collins and Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett announced National’s Agriculture policy in Gisborne today. “Agriculture ... More>>


Shaw: Wealth Tax Not A Bottom Line For Green Party But They Will Push For It

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says one of his senior MPs misspoke under pressure when she said a wealth tax was one of the party's bottom lines. More>>


Government: More Border Exceptions For Critical Roles

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding ... More>>


Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>


NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels