A CONTAINER SHIP that ran aground off the coast of
has created an oil slick reaching for five kilometres. New Zealand
The BBC reports that the Rena ship – which has a Liberian flag – has spilled 20 – 30 tonnes of oil into the
. Bay of Plenty
There are another 2,000 tonnes of oil on board the stranded ship.
|Image: Dave Martin/AP/Press Association Images|
The Guardian says that
prime minister John Key has launched 2 inquiries into the cause of the slick,
which occurred in calm waters. New Zealand
No one was injured when the Rena ran aground.
released details of the
response to the oil spill, saying that the operation is making good progress on
a number of fronts. New Zealand
|The tanker Awanuia, one of |
With weather expected to deteriorate in coming days, the response team are “working around the clock” to remove the oil, a job which is expected to take two days.
Once this is done, a team will then move the ship off the reef where it came aground.
expects oil to come
onto beaches later this week, and around 200 birds will be affected by oil
coming ashore in the Papamoa area. New Zealand
Oiled shag being cleaned at the wildlife rehabilitation facility set up at Tauranga
The company that owns the ship, Costamere Inc, said it was working to minimise any impact to the
coastline. New Zealand
Source: The Journal. 9 October 2011