Maritime New Zealand’s Marine Pollution Response Service (MPRS) is New Zealand’s lead national oil spill response agency. The MPRS is responsible for maintaining a nationwide capability to respond to marine oil spills.
New Zealand has a three-tier response system. Those responsible for each tier are required to prepare contingency plans and a response capability appropriate to their respective levels of responsibility:
The main aim of New Zealand’s marine spill and pollution response capability is to minimise the impact of pollution on the marine environment.
MPRS’s team of response experts is based in Te Atatu, Auckland. This team is supported by Maritime New Zealand’s experts from around New Zealand. There are also about 400 trained personnel based within New Zealand’s 16 regions.
Responding to marine spills and pollution in New Zealand
Maritime New Zealand
PO Box 45-209
Telephone: +64 9 834-3908
Facsimile: +64 9 834-3907