View images of incidents, exercises, vessels and equipment relating to oil spill and pollution response in New Zealand.
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Rena grounding – 5 October 2011
Beach clean-up images
Exercises including Hardrock
National and regional training exercises are conducted to assess the capability and robustness of all planning, management and operational response systems. The ‘Hardrock’ exercise was conducted in Marlborough in 2006.
Boom at Ruakaka Bay, Marlborough
Response team at Blenheim incident command centre
Oil recovery vessel, Tukuperu
Incident command centre media conference
Sawdust used to simulate an oil spill
Incident command centre briefing
Briefing at an exercise
Packing up at Henderson Creek training exercise
Spill response equipment
The equipment used to respond to a spill includes a range of booms, pumps, oil skimmers and dispersant chemicals. Some of these are shown below.
Land sea boom
Boom used at Henderson Creek
Frame tank assembly
Boom and skimmer
Rapid deployment boom at Stanly Bay
Launch of Kuaka
Kuaka is an oil recovery vessel. She was launched in December 2005 and is based at Maritime New Zealand’s National Oil Spill Service Centre in Te Atatu, Auckland. The images below were taken at Kuaka’s launch.
Russell Kilvington, former Maritime New Zealand Director, gives his speech
Navy Chaplain, Wayne Toleafoa
Frank Wall, Silver Fern Shipping
The launch bottle ready to go
Launched into water at Te Atatu, Auckland
Scott Read, Equipment technician at M.P.R.S, shows the way
Launch of Tukuperu
Tukuperu is an oil recovery vessel. She was launched in November 2005 and is based in Picton. She is strategically located for Cook Strait and South Island maritime activity. The images below were taken at Tukuperu’s launch.
The Archdeacon gives his blessing
Crowd gets a closer look
Crew raring to go
Alex van Wijngaarden, Marlborough Harbour Master and National On Scene Commander, and Nick Quinn, General Manager – Marine Pollution Response Services
The bottle smashes!
In Marlborough water
Launch of Taranui
The Taranui was New Zealand's first Oil recovery vessel. She was officially launched in April 2005 and is currently leased by the New Zealand Refining Company and based at Marsden Point in Northland. The images below were taken at Taranui’s launch.
On her purpose built trailer
Minister Harry Dynhovan at launch
Arms for booms deployed
Launched into Northland waters
In Auckland waters
On the move for a test run
Jody F Millennium
The Jody F Millennium ran aground on the beach at Gisborne on the 6th of February, 2002. Twenty five tonnes of fuel oil was spilled.
Workers and loader
Booms, Waikanae Creek
View of ship from over flight
Jody battling the waves
Oil reaches the shore
A very public incident
Ships involved in some of the world’s major spill incidents, are pictured below.
Amoco Cadiz, 1978
Exxon Valdez, 1989
Mega Borg, 1990
Selendang Ayu, 2004
Tasman Spirit, 2003