Barge launch marks a New Zealand first
New Zealand has a new tool to combat significant marine oil spills, and it’s the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Minister for Transport Safety Harry Duynhoven launched New Zealand’s first oil skimmer barge, Taranui,at Marsden Point Oil Refinery today.
The Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) has been working for 18 months on the design and construction of the 8.2 metre long barge at a cost of around $200,000.“Since around the time of the Jody F Millennium spill (Gisborne 2002) we’ve been working with some of our partners to strengthen New Zealand’s extensive oil spill response arsenal.
“Having the Taranui means that rather than waiting to collect oil during a big spill we can now go and try and recover it.
“She’ll be a fantastic tool when tackling a spill and be of real value in protecting our marine environment,” says MSA Manager Marine Pollution Response Service Nick Quinn.
The Taranui is being leased by the New Zealand Refining Company for ten years and will be based at Marsden Point as part of their oil spill response plan.