Media releases 2011

Update FV SPARTA
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) tonight advised that the SPARTA rendezvoused with her sister ship CHIYO MARU No 3 where provisions and fuel were transferred to the CHIYO MARU allowing SPARTAto develop an even keel.
Thursday, 29 December 2011

Progress update on repairs to FV SPARTA in Southern Ocean
The Rescue Coordination Centre (RCCNZ) is reporting that very good progress is being made with repairs to the damaged shell plating on FV SPARTAin the Southern Ocean.
Tuesday, 27 December 2011

RCCNZ coordinates southern ocean rescue (11)
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has confirmed the ice-strengthened polar research vessel Araon has arrived at the site of the stricken vessel Sparta in the Ross Sea.
Monday, 26 December 2011

Rena update (update 140)
A total of 341 containers have now been removed from Rena. Container removal operations have been suspended for the past couple of days due to 1.5m swells.
Monday, 26 December 2011

Don’t ‘clown around’ on board this summer
As the weather gets better and the lure of the water becomes stronger, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is reminding boaties to put their lifejackets on when they get on board. It could be a lifesaver.
Friday, 23 December 2011

Rena update (update 139)
A total of 42 containers were removed from Rena by the Svitzer salvage team yesterday – a record number since container removal began on 16 November. This brings the total number of containers removed from Rena to 294.
Friday, 23 December 2011

Rena update (update 138)
Salvage and container recovery operations on Rena will continue throughout the Christmas and New Year break, while oil spill response teams will remain ready to respond should more oil come ashore during the holidays, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
Thursday, 22 December 2011

RCCNZ coordinates southern ocean rescue (10)
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand has confirmed the successful drop of three pallets of equipment – including pumps, patches and other gear – by an RNZAF C-130 Hercules onto the ice near the stricken vessel Sparta this afternoon.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Perverting course of justice charges laid against Rena officers
Further charges have been laid today by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) against the Master and Second Officer of the cargo vessel Rena.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Rena update (update 137)
A total of 9 containers were removed from the Rena yesterday. This brings the total number of containers removed from Rena by Svitzer to 252
Wednesday, 21 December 2011

RCCNZ coordinates southern ocean rescue (9)
A Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) aircraft carrying pumps, patches and other equipment is now on its way to help the crew of the stricken vessel Sparta in the Ross Sea.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Rena update (update 136)
A total of 24 containers were removed from the Rena yesterday. This brings the total number of containers removed from Rena by Svitzer to 243.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011

RCCNZ coordinates southern ocean rescue (8)
A Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) aircraft will depart New Zealand tomorrow morning to drop pumps and other equipment to the crew of the stricken vessel Sparta in the Ross Sea.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Rena update (update 135)
A total of 17 containers were removed from Rena over the weekend - nine on Saturday and eight yesterday. In addition to four removed on Friday, this brings the total number of containers removed from Rena by Svitzer to 227.
Monday, 19 December 2011

RCCNZ coordinates southern ocean rescue (7)
There was no change to Sparta's condition overnight. Crew are continuing to keep up with water ingress using two pumps.
Monday, 19 December 2011

RCCNZ coordinates southern ocean rescue (6)
Crew on board the Russian vessel Sparta have requested more equipment to help repair damage to the boat's hull while rescue efforts are hampered by icy conditions in the southern ocean.
Sunday, 18 December 2011

RCCNZ coordinates southern ocean rescue (5)
Crew on board the Russian vessel Sparta, which sustained damage to its hull while fishing in the Ross Sea, have continued working overnight to stabilise the boat.
Sunday, 18 December 2011

Successful rescue in Taranaki
Three people have been winched to safety by rescue helicopter after abandoning their fishing boat for a life raft in rough seas in South Taranaki early this morning.
Sunday, 18 December 2011

RCCNZ coordinates southern ocean rescue (4)
A Royal New Zealand Defence Force (RNZDF) C130 Hercules will set off later this morning for the southern ocean to drop equipment and fuel to the stricken Russian fishing boat Sparta, which suffered damage in the Ross Sea yesterday.
Saturday, 17 December 2011

RCCNZ coordinates southern ocean rescue (3)
Crew on board the Russian fishing vessel Sparta are pumping water out of its holds and will attempt to repair a hole in its hull, the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says.
Friday, 16 December 2011

Rena update (update 134)
Two containers were lost over the side in last night's stormy weather.
Friday, 16 December 2011

RCCNZ coordinates southern ocean rescue (2)
Two fishing vessels are making their way towards the stricken Russian boat Sparta, but are not expected to reach the area for four to five days.
Friday, 16 December 2011

RCCNZ coordinates southern ocean rescue
A Russian fishing vessel with 32 crew on board has issued a Mayday call from deep in the southern ocean, the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says.
Friday, 16 December 2011

Rena weekly summary - update (update 133)
Container removal operations have been hampered this week by bad weather, and a technical issue with the crane on the barge Smit Borneo.
Thursday, 15 December 2011

Company convicted after dolphin swimming accident
The fitting of propeller guards and other safety measures were among practicable steps a commercial dolphin watching operator failed to take prior to a potentially fatal accident involving a passenger, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Thursday, 15 December 2011

Rena update (update 132)
No containers were removed from Rena yesterday as salvors worked on a modification to the crane. This work will continue today.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Rena update (update 131)
Four containers were taken off Rena yesterday, taking the total number removed by Svitzer to 206. Please note this is a corrected figure – the figure of 195 provided yesterday was incorrect.
Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Rena update (update 130)
Weather continues to affect salvage operations, with no activity yesterday (Sunday) due to swell and wind conditions.
Monday, 12 December 2011

New MNZ Chief Executive and Director takes helm
Ensuring Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) maintains an effective response to the Rena grounding and completing two important reviews of the maritime sector are among the key priorities for the organisation's new Chief Executive and Director.
Monday, 12 December 2011

Rena update (update 129)
Salvors on board the crane barge Smit Borneo hope to this afternoon begin removing containers from the Rena, weather and other conditions permitting.
Friday, 9 December 2011

Rena update (update 128)
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) Salvage Unit Manager Arthur Jobard said salvors had made good progress this week, despite container removal operations being hampered by bad weather.
Thursday, 8 December 2011

Rena update (update 127)
Work is continuing on preparing the crane barge Smit Borneo for container removal operations. A 180 tonne "crawler" crane has been installed on the barge - this will be used for lifting salvors during container removal operations.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Rena update (update 126)
The crane barge Smit Borneo arrived yesterday and is now berthed at the Port of Tauranga. Some details on the barge are below
Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Rena update (update 125)
Rena is still intact after the weekend’s stormy weather. Electronic sensors monitoring the movement of the wreck indicated some extra movement during last night’s swells, but Svitzer advises there was nothing untoward in the readings.
Monday, 5 December 2011

Rena update (update 124)
Rough weather and strong swells around the Astrolabe Reef have resulted in a small release of weathered oil previously trapped under Rena, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Sunday, 4 December 2011

Rena update (update 123)
Media advisory - wildlife release programme
Friday, 2 December 2011

Rena update (update 122)
Bad weather yesterday prevented any container recovery from Rena.
Friday, 2 December 2011

Don't be a clown – wear a lifejacket this summer
With the summer boating season about to begin, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has a strong message for New Zealand's nearly 500,000 recreational boaties: wear your lifejacket.
Friday, 2 December 2011

Divers confirm bodies inside helicopter wreckage
Divers have confirmed two bodies are inside the wreckage of the helicopter off the coast of Karikari, says the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).
Thursday, 1 December 2011

Search for missing helicopter crew continues
The search for two people missing following a helicopter crash near Karikari in Northland yesterday has resumed this morning, says the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).
Thursday, 1 December 2011

Rena update (update 121)
Bad weather yesterday prevented any container recovery from the
Thursday, 1 December 2011

Rena update (update 120)
Long low swells at sea meant no more containers were able to be removed from the stricken vessel Rena today.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Rena update (update 119)
Salvors are making the most of good weather to remove more containers from the stricken ship Rena off the coast of Tauranga.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Rena update (update 118)
Container removal from the stricken ship Rena off the coast of Tauranga is proceeding well - but the removal operation continues to be weather dependent, Maritime New Zealand’s National On Scene Commander Rob Service said.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Rena update (update 117)
More good progress has been made in removing containers from the stricken vessel Rena, with favourable weather likely to continue for the next few days. Twenty six containers were removed from the vessel yesterday, bringing the total to 145.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Rena update (update 116)
Another 38 clean little blue penguins were released at Mt Maunganui this morning, joining 56 other birds released to return to their normal nesting grounds following the grounding of the Rena.
Monday, 28 November 2011

Rena update (update 115)
Good progress is being made on removing containers from the stricken ship Rena, Maritime New Zealand Salvage Unit Manager Kenny Crawford said today.
Monday, 28 November 2011

Rena update (update 114)
Rena oil spill response teams involved in different types of foreshore cleaning operations are making good progress, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
Saturday, 26 November 2011

Rena update (update 113)
Seventeen “very happy” rare New Zealand dotterels were released back into their natural habitat yesterday (24 November) after being pre-emptively caught following the Rena grounding.
Friday, 25 November 2011

Rena update (update 112)
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has been advised by insurers acting for the charterers of the Rena (Mediterranean Shipping Company) there are a further 21 containers containing dangerous goods on board the ship. This is in addition to the 11 containers of dangerous goods already advised.
Friday, 25 November 2011

Rena update (update 111)
Salvage operations remain on hold due to strong winds around the Rena, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
Thursday, 24 November 2011

Rena update (update 110)
Bad weather continues to prevent container recovery operations on the Rena today, while salvors remain on standby for the weather to improve, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
Thursday, 24 November 2011

Rena update (update 109)
Salvors suspended operations alongside the Rena this afternoon because of deteriorating weather conditions, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Shipping containers a lifeline for stricken wildlife
Containers have been a focus of concern in the grounding of the Rena, but for the little blue penguins released yesterday on Mt Maunganui beach, two unusual shipping containers were a life-saver – all thanks to some Kiwi ingenuity.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Rena update (update 108)
Efforts to remove containers from the rear deck of the Rena are continuing steadily, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Rena update (update 107)
The release this morning of 49 little blue penguins at Mount Maunganui is a major milestone in the ongoing oil spill response to the Rena grounding, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Rena update (update 106)
Despite working in winds occasionally gusting above 40 knots, salvors have today removed 15 containers from the stern of the cargo vessel Rena, taking the total number of containers removed to 64.
Monday, 21 November 2011

Media advisory – Wildlife release programme
Media are invited to the first release of cleaned little blue penguins from the oiled wildlife facility.
Monday, 21 November 2011

Rena update (update 105)
Staged release of some of the cleaned birds from the oiled wildlife facility at Te Maunga is starting this week, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Monday, 21 November 2011

Rena update (update 104)
Salvors have removed a further eight containers from the grounded ship Rena but the operation is heavily dependent on good weather, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Friday, 18 November 2011

Rena update (update 103)
Departing New Zealand Defence Force personnel have done a brilliant job in aiding the removal of over 922 tons of oily waste from Bay of Plenty beaches, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Friday, 18 November 2011

Rena update (update 102)
Calm conditions have allowed 15 more containers to be lifted from the rear of the cargo ship Rena to the crane barge Sea Tow 60 (ST 60), Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Thursday, 17 November 2011

Rena update (update 101)
Before people head back down on the beaches this weekend, they are reminded that there are still clean up operations in place and weathered oil is still present on our shores, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Thursday, 17 November 2011

Rena update (update 100)
The first container has been lifted from the rear of the cargo ship Rena onto the crane barge Sea Tow 60 (ST60), Maritime New Zealand says.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Regions learning from Rena response experience
Regional authorities throughout New Zealand are learning valuable lessons from the response to the grounding of the container ship Rena off the Bay of Plenty coast.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Fishing trawler grounded
An 18.8 metre fishing trawler Philip V grounded on a steep beach north of Ruatoria at around 1am this morning, the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Rena update (update 98)
Beach access restrictions will officially be lifted between Mount Maunganui and Maketu Estuary from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 16 November).
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Rena update (update 97)
Beach access restrictions between Tay Street and Maketū Spit will be lifted tomorrow morning, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Rena update (update 96)
Birds affected by the Rena grounding will not be released from Te Maunga Wildlife Centre until their habitats are cleaned and their feathers are waterproof, says the National Oiled Wildlife Response Team.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Rena update (update 95)
The crane barge Sea Tow 60 (ST60) is now moored at the stern of the grounded ship Rena and is testing equipment before beginning the operation to remove containers, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
Monday, 14 November 2011

Rena update (update 94)
The crane barge Sea Tow 60 (ST60) is on its way to take up posit ion at the stern of the container ship Rena, to begin preparations for container recovery, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Monday, 14 November 2011

Rena update (update 93)
The crane barge, Sea Tow 60, will be heading out of the Port of Tauranga tomorrow morning to position itself next to the grounded container ship Rena in readiness for starting the container removal phase of the response operation, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Sunday, 13 November 2011

Rena update (update 92)
Pumping of heavy fuel oil from the submerged number 5 starboard tank on the container ship Rena has temporarily paused, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Sunday, 13 November 2011

Rena update (update 91)
Nearly two thirds of the remaining heavy fuel oil left in the number 5 starboard tank on the container ship Rena has now been pumped off to the adjacent oil tanker Awanuia.
Saturday, 12 November 2011

Rena update (update 90)
Clean-up operations around the Bay of Plenty are continuing today, with oil spill responders heartened by the progress being made by salvors removing oil from the container ship Rena.
Saturday, 12 November 2011

Rena update (update 89)
Good progress continues to be made in removing the last of the oil from the submerged number 5 starboard fuel oil tank on the grounded container ship Rena, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Friday, 11 November 2011

Rena update (update 88)
Good progress is being made in lifting the flow rate of oil from the submerged number 5 starboard fuel oil tank on the grounded container ship Rena, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Friday, 11 November 2011

Rena update (update 87)
Oil is now being continuously pumped at a stable rate from the submerged number 5 starboard fuel oil tank on the grounded container ship Rena, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Thursday, 10 November 2011

Rena update (update 86)
Heavy fuel oil is being transferred from the number five starboard tank on the Rena to the tanker Awanuia, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said
Thursday, 10 November 2011

Rena update (update 85)
Pockets of air trapped in the Rena’s submerged starboard wing tank are believed to be the principal stumbling block preventing pumping of the last 358 tonnes of heavy fuel oil off the vessel Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said.
Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Rena update (update 84)
Salvors on board the Rena are optimistic that they will be able to begin pumping heavy fuel oil from the submerged number five starboard wing tank today, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said.
Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Rena update (update 83)
More seawater is being pumped into the submerged number 5 starboard wing tank on the Rena to purge pockets of air that have so far prevented heavy fuel oil from being pumped onto the tanker Awanuia, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said.
Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Rena update (update 82)
Salvors on the Rena are installing a third hot tap into the submerged number 5 starboard wing tank to raise the pressure enough to enable oil to be pumped out, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said.
Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Rena update (update 81)
Salvors are in the final stages of preparing to begin pumping heavy fuel oil from the submerged number 5 starboard wing tank, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said.
Monday, 7 November 2011

Rena update (update 80)
Calm conditions are aiding salvors on board the Rena as they prepare to pump heavy fuel oil from the submerged Number 5 starboard wing tank onto the tanker Awanuia.
Monday, 7 November 2011

Rena update (update 79)
Salvage teams are pumping 22 tonnes of lubricating oil out of the Rena's engine room onto the barge Awanuia today.
Sunday, 6 November 2011

Rena update (update 78)
Salvors are continuing preparations to pump the last tank of heavy fuel oil off the Rena, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said. Three salvors remained on board overnight and other team members returned to the ship this morning.
Sunday, 6 November 2011

Rena update (update 77)
Lubricants, hydraulic and waste oils from the engine room of the cargo vessel Rena are being transferred onto the barge Awanuia while preparations continue for “hot tapping” the last tank of heavy fuel oil remaining on the vessel, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Saturday, 5 November 2011

Rena update (update 76)
Work on removing oil from the engine room of the cargo vessel Rena and onto the tanker Awanuia is progressing well, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Saturday, 5 November 2011

Rena update (update 75)
Salvage teams on board the cargo vessel Rena are making good progress, and have resumed pumping of oil off the ship, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Friday, 4 November 2011

Rena update (update 74)
Clean-up operations around the Bay of Plenty are continuing, with volunteer efforts concentrating on Papamoa Beach today. A total of 7,773 volunteers have now registered with the volunteer clean-up programme.
Friday, 4 November 2011

Rena update (update 73)
Salvage teams are taking advantage of good weather in Tauranga today and continuing to progress with preparation work on transferring oil from the submerged starboard tank on board Rena, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Thursday, 3 November 2011

Aratere remains in port
Aratere remained in port today as the Maritime New Zealand inspectors on board continued to monitor the vessel. Sharyn Forsyth, Maritime New Zealand's General Manager, Maritime Services, said KiwiRail was working hard to rectify the mechanical system faults that have disrupted services.
Thursday, 3 November 2011

Rena update (update 72)
Salvage teams are back on board Rena today, taking advantage of improved weather conditions, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says. The first priority is ensuring the ship is as safe as possible for salvage teams to work in.
Thursday, 3 November 2011

Rena update (update 71)
Three salvage teams are back on board the stricken Rena, after bad weather forced them off the ship on Monday, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says. Oil spill response and salvage teams were on heightened alert overnight, in anticipation of bad weather and heavy swells.
Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Aratere sailings on hold
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says the Aratere will not sail until recent issues are resolved and it is safe for passengers and crew. This follows recent mechanical system failures, which have caused disruption to the service.
Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Rena update (update 70)
An observation flight this morning has confirmed no visible further damage to the cargo vessel Rena overnight, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says. Oil spill response teams and salvors were on heightened alert overnight after forecasts of bad weather and 5 metre sea state threatened to cause further deterioration of the ship's hull,and potentially release more oil or containers from the ship.
Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Further charges laid against Rena officers
Further charges have been laid by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) against the Master and Second Officer of the Rena, following the ship’s grounding on Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga on 5 October.
Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Rena update (update 69)
The stricken vessel Rena is being closely monitored overnight while oil spill response teams and salvors remain ready to respond if the ship deteriorates in forecast bad weather over the next 24 hours.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Rena update (update 68)
The salvage team monitoring the effect of high sea swells on the grounded cargo vessel Rena has confirmed further damage to the hull overnight.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Rena update (update 67)
Salvage efforts on board the stricken Rena remain suspended because forecast sea conditions have made it unsafe for the salvors to continue working. A forecast sea state of swells totalling at least five metres in the next 24-48 hours is expected.
Monday, 31 October 2011

Rena update (update 66)
Iwi and New Zealand Defence Force personnel will this morning focus clean up efforts on Matakana Island, after reports of more oil arriving on shore.
Monday, 31 October 2011

Rena update (update 65)
More than 1000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil (HFO) has now been pumped from the stricken container vessel Rena, leaving about 360 tonnes left to be removed from the starboard 5 tank.
Sunday, 30 October 2011

Rena update (update 64)
Navigation warnings remain in place in the Bay of Plenty, as 58 containers from Rena remain unaccounted for.
Sunday, 30 October 2011

Rena update (update 63)
Salvors hope to begin pumping water from the space around the Rena's starboard 5 fuel tank later today, after installing the second part of a dam that will allow them to access to the tank’s manhole.
Sunday, 30 October 2011

Rena update (update 62)
Oil continues to be pumped from the grounded container vessel Rena after pumping operations were disrupted for three hours this morning, when it was discovered that water was mixing with the oil.
Saturday, 29 October 2011

Rena update (update 61)
More volunteers are being called on to support the Rena oil spill response effort, with clean-up events planned for today on Bay of Plenty beaches.
Saturday, 29 October 2011

Rena update (update 60)
Two of the five fuel tanks on the Rena are now empty and pumping is continuing from tanks in the engine room.
Friday, 28 October 2011

Rena update (update 61)
More volunteers are being called on to support the Rena oil spill response effort, with clean-up events planned for today on Bay of Plenty beaches.
Friday, 28 October 2011

Shipping incident in Tauranga Harbour
A small container ship struck the north-west rocks at the entrance to Tauranga Harbour this morning, the Regional Harbourmaster has confirmed.
Friday, 28 October 2011

Rena update (update 58)
Salvors on Rena will today continue to focus on gaining access to the starboard tank of the ship, in an effort to begin pumping oil from there as soon as possible.
Friday, 28 October 2011

Rena update (update 57)
Salvors have now pumped as much oil as possible from the port number five fuel tank on the stranded vessel Rena, allowing attention to shift to the more difficult to access tanks on the ship.
Thursday, 27 October 2011

Rena update (update 56)
The wildlife response to the Rena oil spill has been praised as one of the quickest in the world, thanks to excellent foresight and planning systems.
Thursday, 27 October 2011

Rena update (update 55)
Clean-up crews will head to beaches in the Bay of Plenty this morning to begin clearing further oil that was exposed after high tide yesterday.
Thursday, 27 October 2011

Rena update (update 54)
The salvage team working on the grounded vessel Rena has removed 737 tonnes of fuel from the ship, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) confirmed today.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Rena update (update 53)
The removal of fuel from the cargo vessel Rena continued overnight with the salvage team confirming they are now past halfway.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Rena update (update 52)
Nearly half of the oil left on board the grounded container ship Rena in Tauranga has now been pumped off to the bunker barge Awanuia.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Rena update (update 51)
A new enclosure for little blue penguins at the Wildlife Response Centre at Te Maunga is well on its way to completion. The builders aim to have three of the planned 10 aviaries finished by this afternoon.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Rena update (update 50)
Salvors have continued to pump oil from the grounded vessel Rena overnight, while on shore the incident command team is planning for any impact on the shoreline from the oil that leaked from the ship on Saturday night.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Rena update (update 49)
Nearly a third of the oil on board the grounded Rena at Tauranga has now been pumped off the ship, but a challenging job still lies ahead for the salvage team, who must get further pumping systems in place for all the fuel tanks.
Monday, 24 October 2011

Rena update (update 48)
Volunteers who have helped clean up Bay of Plenty beaches over the past 10 days have shown incredible support for the oil spill response effort, National On Scene Commander Rob Service says.
Monday, 24 October 2011

Rena update (update 47)
Good weather is allowing salvage operation on board the cargo vessel Rena to make good progress, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Monday, 24 October 2011

Rena update (update 46)
Salvors have made slow but consistent progress with a total of 337 tonnes of oil pumped from the Rena by 1:00pm today.
Sunday, 23 October 2011

Rena update (update 45)
Four vessels have been working since early this afternoon to corral an estimated 5 to 10 tonnes of oil spilled overnight from the cargo vessel Rena.
Sunday, 23 October 2011

Rena update (update 44)
Following discussions with the Bay of Plenty Medical Officer of Health, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has this morning relaxed restrictions prohibiting swimming at the main Mount Maunganui beach.
Sunday, 23 October 2011

Rena update (update 43)
At 2pm today, the total amount of oil pumped from the port tank of the cargo vessel Rena was confirmed at 256 tonnes, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says. The weather forecast remains good for further pumping over the next few days.
Saturday, 22 October 2011

Rena update (update 42)
Relatively calm weather has allowed on-going pumping of oil from the vessel Rena today, while clean-up operations continue at various points along the coastline.
Saturday, 22 October 2011

Rena update (update 41)
Fuel pumping on board the vessel Rena continued overnight and weather conditions look good for operations today, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Saturday, 22 October 2011

Rena update (update 40)
Salvage operations on board the cargo vessel Rena are progressing slowly but steadily, with a total of 171 tonnes removed from the vessel by this afternoon.
Friday, 21 October 2011

Rena update (update 39)
The salvage team is continuing to pump oil from the cargo vessel Rena today, making slow but steady progress, Salvage Unit Manager Andrew Berry says.
Friday, 21 October 2011

Get shipshape before you head out
Labour Weekend is coming up - and boaties everywhere will start heading for the water.
Friday, 21 October 2011

Rena update (update 38)
The removal of oil from Rena continued overnight with the salvage team pumping around 60 tonnes of oil from the vessel. This brings the total oil pumped from the ship to around 150 tonnes.
Friday, 21 October 2011

Rena update (update 37)
The removal of oil from the vessel Rena continues this evening, following the re-establishment of pumping lines earlier this afternoon. Figures on how much oil has been pumped from the ship today are not yet available.
Thursday, 20 October 2011

Rena update (update 36)
Salvage unit manager Bruce Anderson says a team of nine salvors is currently aboard the vessel Rena and began pumping oil at 12.09pm, after carrying out safety checks.
Thursday, 20 October 2011

Rena update (update 35)
There has been no reported change in the Rena's situation overnight, and salvors plan to board the vessel today to resume pumping operations.
Thursday, 20 October 2011

Rena update (update 34)
Clean-up operations are underway along the eastern coastline today as some oil and debris has come ashore as far south as the East Cape.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Rena update (update 33)
Salvors are now back on board the vessel Rena carrying out general assessments of the ship's status. A team of three salvors re-boarded the ship this morning, however, swell and weather conditions have not been favourable for restarting pumping of from the ship.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Rena update (update 32)
There has been no report of any further movement from Rena overnight. However, salvage company experts will be flying out to the vessel about 7.30am to assess the situation.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Rena update (update 31)
Salvage efforts on board Rena are now entering a critical phase, as unfavourable weather conditions over the next 24 hours continue to affect operations and the movement of the ship.
Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Rena update (update 30)
A small amount of oil was released from the bow of Rena this morning. A light sheen of oil has been observed moving out to sea with the prevailing wind while the number of containers lost overboard remains at 88.
Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Rena update (update 29)
Pumping operations on board the Rena were suspended about 11.30pm yesterday due to bad weather, with rough seas and strong winds of 35 knots (65km/h). Weather in the area this morning remains poor and will impact on both salvage and oil recovery operations today. There are currently swells peaking at 4m around the vessel.
Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Rena update (update 28)
The removal of oil from the Rena has continued today with good progress being made. A crew of three salvage team members will remain on board overnight to continue with pumping as weather permits. About 70 tonnes of oil had been pumped off the vessel as of 5.30pm today.
Monday, 17 October 2011

Rena update (update 27)
Reports by some media that the Rena is breaking up are incorrect. Salvage experts advise that while the Rena is cracked port and starboard, it remains together in one piece and is in the same position as it has been for the past week.
Monday, 17 October 2011

Rena update (update 26)
Fishermen, boaties and other vessel operators coming across containers at sea that have fallen from Rena are asked not to attempt to touch or move the containers, as they remain a significant navigational hazard.
Monday, 17 October 2011

Rena update (update 25)
The focus of operations today continues to centre on the salvage effort aboard Rena with some good progress made overnight on pumping oil off the stricken ship.
Monday, 17 October 2011

Rena update (update 24)
The focus of operations today has centred on the salvage effort aboard Rena with good progress being made on preparations for pumping oil. All preparations have been done to begin pumping.
Sunday, 16 October 2011

Rena update (update 23)
The National On Scene Commander has agreed to re-open a small section of beach between Mount Maunganui and Moturiki Island (Leisure Island).
Sunday, 16 October 2011

Rena update (update 22)
The Bay of Plenty community is continuing to support oil spill response efforts, with thousands of volunteers registered to assist beach clean-up operations.
Sunday, 16 October 2011

Rena update (update 21)
MNZ Salvage Unit head Bruce Anderson today warned that the process of removing oil off the stricken container vessel Rena wouldn't be a quick or easy process.
Saturday, 15 October 2011

Rena update (update 20)
Recreational boaties are being urged to stay out of the water around the Bay of Plenty.
Saturday, 15 October 2011

Rena update (update 19)
An army of volunteers will join the oil spill response team today to continue cleaning oil washed up on beaches following the grounding of the cargo vessel Rena on Astrolabe Reef last week.
Saturday, 15 October 2011

Rena update (update 18)
The volunteer programme launched today to clean up beaches affected by oil and debris from the grounded container vessel Rena is proving very successful.
Friday, 14 October 2011

Rena update (update 17)
Beach cleaning teams are working all over Tauranga beaches today to clean oil leaked from the cargo vessel Rena following its grounding on Astrolabe Reef.
Friday, 14 October 2011

Rena update (update 16)
National On Scene Commander Nick Quinn says his team is in good shape and remains committed to getting the job done as the Rena response enters its second week.
Friday, 14 October 2011

Rena update (update 15)
MNZ National On Scene Commander Nick Quinn says the response from the community to the unfolding situation from the stranded vessel Rena has been tremendous.
Thursday, 13 October 2011

MNZ welcomes Adventure Activities Regulations
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has welcomed the introduction of new regulations that will require commercial tourism and outdoor education operators who run high-risk activities to undergo a safety audit and be registered.
Thursday, 13 October 2011

Rena update (update 14)
MNZ National On Scene Commander Nick Quinn is urging people to respect the job his team is doing on the local beaches.
Thursday, 13 October 2011

Public notice - beach access restricted
For members of the public:
Thursday, 13 October 2011

Rena update (update 13)
Clean-up crews tackling oil spilled on Bay of Plenty beaches from the cargo vessel Rena face a “long hard slog,” MNZ National On Scene Commander Nick Quinn said.
Thursday, 13 October 2011

Second officer of grounded vessel charged
The second officer in charge of the navigational watch of the vessel Rena is facing one charge laid by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) under section 65 of the Maritime Transport Act (MTA) 1994, "for operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk".
Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Rena response (media update 11)
The Rena has suffered substantial structural failure, with a crack appearing in the number three cargo hold on the starboard side. This has been caused by the movement of the vessel as the stern, which has remained afloat, shifting with the waves, while the front part of the ship remains stuck on the reef.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Master of grounded vessel charged
The Master of the vessel Rena has been arrested and charged by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) under section 65 of the Maritime Transport Act (MTA) 1994, "for operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk".
Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Shipping rerouted as containers come adrift
Approximately 70 containers have come off the Rena and are now in the water.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Rena response (update 9)
This release includes the latest information available.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Media advisory - People are urged to stay off local beaches
People are urged to stay off local beaches, as the Rena oil spill response team is receiving reports that people are playing with oil and attempting to clean it up.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Rena response (update 8)
This release includes the latest information available.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Rena response (update 7)
This release includes the latest information available.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Rena response (update 6)
This release includes the latest information available.
Monday, 10 October 2011

Rena response (update 5)
This release includes the latest information available.
Monday, 10 October 2011

Media advisory - oil found on beach
Oil has now been found on the beach near Tay St. It is in individual clumps of about fist-sized patties about 5mm high and stranded on the tide line about every 700–800mm.
Monday, 10 October 2011

Rena response (update 4)
This release includes the latest information available.
Monday, 10 October 2011

Rena response (update 3)
This release includes the key points from this afternoon’s press conference:
Sunday, 9 October 2011

Recreational boat owners' advisory
Small boat owners operating out of Tauranga are being warned that the fuel oil that has escaped from the container ship Rena may stick to boat hulls and gear and will need to be cleaned off in a controlled environment.
Sunday, 9 October 2011

Oil recovery teams on the water (update 2)
Two vessels are carrying out on-water recovery operations in the vicinity of the Rena today, while work continues to prepare for the transfer of heavy fuel oil from the ship to the specialist barge Awanuia.
Sunday, 9 October 2011

Oil recovery teams on the water (update 1)
Oil recovery teams are heading out on the water this morning to collect oil spilled from the cargo vessel Rena.
Sunday, 9 October 2011

Oil spill response update 3
This media release provides the key points from this afternoon’s media conference.
Saturday, 8 October 2011

Oil spill response update
An observation flight this morning has confirmed that oil appears to have stopped flowing from the stricken ship Rena off the coast of Tauranga for the time being.
Saturday, 8 October 2011

Oil spill response update
Expert oil spill responders are continuing to converge on Tauranga to further bolster the team responding to an oil spill from the grounding of the cargo vessel Rena.
Saturday, 8 October 2011

Oil spill response - more resources mobilised
Four little blue penguins and two shags affected by oil have been rescued from Motiti Island this afternoon. The birds are being stabilised and treated by trained oiled wildlife responders.
Friday, 7 October 2011

Recreational boat owners urged to avoid oil
Recreational boaties in the Bay of Plenty are advised to change their weekend plans to ensure they stay well clear of all oiled areas as work continues to minimise the effects from the container vessel Rena, stranded on the Astrolabe Reef near Tauranga.
Friday, 7 October 2011

Oil spill response - Rena response expands
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has mobilised over 100 people in its response to the grounding of the container vessel Rena on Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga.
Friday, 7 October 2011

Wildlife affected by oil
Oiled birds on the water have been confirmed today in relation to the grounding of the vessel Rena off the coast of Tauranga. There have not been any confirmed reports of oiled seals so far, but if members of the public see any affected wildlife please report this to the special phone number 0800 333 771.
Friday, 7 October 2011

Rena grounding update 2
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is preparing for an on-water operation to collect heavy fuel oil that has spilled from the container ship Rena, and there are also hopes the dispersant may be proving more effective than initial assessments indicated.
Friday, 7 October 2011

Rena grounding - operations underway
An aerial observation flight will be undertaken at first light as operational teams get into action in Tauranga today.
Friday, 7 October 2011

Rena grounding update - response escalates
The response to a spill from the cargo vessel Rena, currently stranded on Astrolabe Reef near Tauranga Harbour, has escalated this afternoon, following confirmation that dispersant applied to the oil slick is proving to be ineffective.
Thursday, 6 October 2011

Rena grounding update – notices issued
Today the Director of Maritime New Zealand, Catherine Taylor, has issued the owner of the cargo vessel Rena with two notices under section 248 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994.
Thursday, 6 October 2011

Rena grounding update – wildlife response
An oiled wildlife response is being mobilised in Tauranga following reports of oiled birds found in the water near the grounded cargo vessel Rena.
Thursday, 6 October 2011

Rena grounding update
The oil spill response team based in Tauranga is currently conducting an on-water assessment of the oil slick from the cargo vessel Rena.
Thursday, 6 October 2011

Rena grounding update
An aerial observation flight this morning has confirmed oil leakage from the cargo vessel Rena overnight has led to a light oil slick.
Thursday, 6 October 2011

Rena grounding update
Oil spill response specialists remain on standby in Tauranga this morning following the grounding of the cargo vessel Rena near Tauranga Harbour yesterday.
Thursday, 6 October 2011

Tauranga incident response update
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is putting contingency plans in place to manage any potential risks arising from the grounding of a vessel near Tauranga.
Wednesday, 5 October 2011

MNZ responding to incident off the coast of Tauranga
An aerial flight this morning has identified a light oil sheen on the surface of the water near a grounded vessel off the coast of Tauranga.
Wednesday, 5 October 2011

MNZ responding to incident off the coast of Tauranga
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is this morning responding to an incident near Tauranga Harbour, after the 236m cargo vessel Rena struck the Astrolabe Reef around 2.20am. There are no reported injuries to the 25 crew on board.
Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Fisherman convicted
A commercial fisherman has been convicted and fined after being caught working illegally outside safe operating limits, following a surveillance programme during the summer Albacore Tuna season coordinated by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
Monday, 19 September 2011

Tramper airlifted from Lewis Pass
A tramper with suspected hypothermia was successfully airlifted from a ridge on the Lewis Pass this morning after being stranded there yesterday afternoon.
Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Rescue mounted for tramper in Lewis Pass
A rescue has been launched for a person reported to be suffering from hypothermia while tramping near the Lewis Pass.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Search highlights importance of keeping beacon on
Outdoors people using distress beacons are reminded to leave their beacon on once activated, after searchers had difficulty pinpointing a man lost in rugged terrain near Taupo when he turned the device off after 40 minutes.
Monday, 12 September 2011

Skipper convicted for ignoring safety rules
An experienced Auckland skipper has been convicted and fined more than $5,000 for deliberately ignoring basic maritime safety rules designed to ensure vessels do not collide on the water.
Tuesday, 30 August 2011

New Chief Executive and Director announced
The Chairman of the Maritime New Zealand Authority, David Ledson, today announced the appointment of Keith Manch to the position of Chief Executive and Director of Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Skipper convicted following collision
A commercial master’s failure to keep a proper lookout caused a serious collision with a sailing vessel containing 12 Outward Bound students that could have had deadly consequences, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Skipper convicted following collision
A commercial master’s failure to keep a proper lookout caused a serious collision with a sailing vessel containing 12 Outward Bound students that could have had deadly consequences, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
Wednesday, 22 June 2011

New Qualifications and Operational Limits framework released
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has today released the new draft Qualifications and Operational Limits framework following widespread input from industry.
Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Sentencing a reminder to tourism operators
Today's sentencing of Queenstown jet boat company Kawarau Jet for breaches of maritime safety rules is a reminder to tourism operators of the importance of following safe operating procedures, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Monday, 16 May 2011

US Coastguard to continue search for missing six
Authorities in Kiribati are continuing to coordinate the search for six young people missing at sea since Friday (6 May) off the main atoll of Tarawa, with further help from the United States Coastguard (USCG).
Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Six missing off coast of Kiribati
A group of six young people is missing off the west coast of Kiribati, comprising two 19-year-old men and four girls, aged between 8 and 14 years old.
Sunday, 8 May 2011

Changes to pilotage rules take effect
The establishment of two new compulsory pilotage areas and the broadening of entry level qualifications for pilots are among key changes to maritime rules that are now in effect.
Monday, 2 May 2011

Missing helicopter found
Searchers have located the wreckage of a Robinson R22 helicopter missing since yesterday afternoon in Mt Aspiring National Park. Two men on board the helicopter have been found dead at the scene.
Thursday, 28 April 2011

UPDATE Ground teams to search for missing helicopter
Search and rescue teams will be dropped into Mt Aspiring National Park this morning to continue the search for a missing helicopter and its two occupants.
Thursday, 28 April 2011

Southern search for missing helicopter
Two people are missing in mountainous terrain near Mt Aspiring after a helicopter was reported overdue this afternoon.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Wreckage of missing microlight found
The body of an 86-year-old pilot has been found in the wreckage of his microlight plane, the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says.
Monday, 11 April 2011

Four helicopters now searching for missing aircraft
Two more helicopters have joined the search for 86-year-old pilot Geoff Smale and his missing aircraft, the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says.
Monday, 11 April 2011

Appeal for public sightings of missing microlight
Searchers looking for a missing aircraft and its 86-year-old pilot are appealing to the public to report any suspected sightings.
Monday, 11 April 2011

Search for missing aircraft continues
The search for a microlight and its 86-year-old pilot missing since Saturday morning (9 April) on a flight from Auckland to Ashburton, has resumed this morning.
Monday, 11 April 2011

Search for missing aircraft focused at top of South
Rescuers are focusing on an area at the top of the South Island in the search for a microlight and its 86-year-old pilot, missing since yesterday morning on a flight from Auckland to Ashburton.
Sunday, 10 April 2011

New focus in search for missing aircraft
Rescuers are focusing on two new areas in the search for a microlight and its 86-year-old pilot, missing since yesterday morning on a flight from Auckland to Ashburton.
Sunday, 10 April 2011

Search continuing for missing aircraft
The search for a missing microlight and its 86-year-old pilot is continuing today, with four helicopters actively involved in combing an area between Auckland and Ashburton.
Sunday, 10 April 2011

Search for missing yacht formally suspended
The search for the sailing boat Berserk and its three crew in the Southern Ocean has today (Tuesday 1 March NZDT) been formally suspended, after a week-long international search and rescue operation found no trace of the men or the vessel.
Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Search for missing yacht Berserk
The Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin has been released from the search for missing Norwegian yacht Berserk.
Monday, 28 February 2011

Search continues - grave concerns for missing sailors
Search efforts for the missing Norwegian yacht Berserk will continue as long as vessels can remain in the area, but there are grave concerns for the missing vessel and crew.
Saturday, 26 February 2011

Search for yacht Berserk enters fifth day
A vast area of the Ross Sea near Antarctica has been searched as part of an international effort to locate the missing Norwegian vessel Berserk.
Saturday, 26 February 2011

Unoccupied liferaft confirmed as from Berserk
An unoccupied and damaged liferaft found in the Southern Ocean early today has now been confirmed as belonging to the missing yacht Berserk.
Friday, 25 February 2011

Unoccupied liferaft found
Searchers looking for three men and their yacht missing in the Antarctic since Tuesday (22 February NZDT) have this morning located an unoccupied and damaged liferaft 45 miles north of the yacht’s original distress beacon alert.
Friday, 25 February 2011

Searchers stretch resources to find Berserk
Antarctic ships have searched through the night and covered 4000 square kilometres of the vast Southern Ocean in the past few days looking for the missing yacht Berserk.
Friday, 25 February 2011

Search for missing yacht Berserk continues
Two ships and one helicopter continue to search McMurdo Sound in Antarctica for signs of the missing Norwegian yacht Berserk and its three crew.
Thursday, 24 February 2011

Missing ground party located
Two men missing as part of a Norwegian Antarctic expedition have been found alive and well, and have provided rescuers with new information that may help locate their three crew members missing since Tuesday 22 February (NZDT).
Thursday, 24 February 2011

Search continuing for adventurers in Ross Sea
The search for a missing Norwegian sailboat and its crew in Antarctic seas is continuing, with a helicopter from the vessel Steve Irwin currently searching and another vessel en route to assist.
Thursday, 24 February 2011

Norwegian adventurers still missing in Ross Sea
The search for a missing Norwegian sailboat in Antarctic seas is continuing, with two vessels en route to the area to assist.
Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Norwegian adventurers missing in Ross Sea
Bad weather continues to hamper search efforts underway in the Antarctic seas for a missing Norwegian sailboat.
Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Dangers of bar crossing highlighted in conviction
A dangerous attempt to cross a river bar in rough conditions with two children on board resulted in the conviction and sentence of an Auckland recreational skipper in the Auckland District Court yesterday (February 17).
Friday, 18 February 2011

Maritime New Zealand announces Funding Review
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the Ministry of Transport have started a review of the basis on which MNZ is funded.
Monday, 14 February 2011

Online accident reporting launched
The launch of online accident reporting will make it quicker and easier for people to report maritime accidents and incidents, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Monday, 31 January 2011

Pilot found alive after aircraft crash
The pilot of a helicopter reported to have crashed into the sea in Bream Bay has been recovered alive from the water and taken to Whangarei Hospital, the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says.
Thursday, 20 January 2011

Search launched after crash reports
Two aircraft and five vessels are currently searching for an aircraft reported to have crashed into the sea in the Bream Bay area, the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says.
Thursday, 20 January 2011

Two accidents in two days show need for care
Two serious accidents in two days illustrate the need for boaties' care and awareness of their own safety and that of everyone sharing water with them as the summer holidays draw to a close.
Sunday, 9 January 2011