Carrier making steady progress

22 June 2007

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is closely tracking the progress of the bulk carrier Taharoa Express, which is listing after its load shifted in heavy swells.

The vessel reported to MNZ at 2.30am this morning that it had a problem after its load of iron sand shifted while in rough sea about 42 nautical miles (78km) south west of Cape Egmont. The vessel is intact and not taking on any water, and all 25 crew are safe. While MNZ is concerned and is keeping a close eye on the situation, at this point there are no reports of the vessel being in danger or distress. 

'The Port of Taharoa pilot and loading master is on board the carrier and is overseeing its progress as it heads for the more sheltered waters of Golden Bay.

MNZ is in direct communication with the vessel and is receiving regular progress reports. At this stage, it is estimated that it will reach the Golden Bay area about 1pm. Plans are in place to respond if the situation changes.

More information will be made available as it comes to hand.

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