Operation to right listing ship continues

26 June 2007

Slow and steady progress is being made to right the listing bulk iron sand carrier Taharoa Express, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.

The 275-metre long carrier has been anchored in Tasman Bay, near Nelson, since Friday evening. The crew have been working since then to right the vessel, after its load shifted in heavy seas near Cape Egmont early on Friday.┬áSince yesterday, the crew have been using pumps flown in from Nelson to remove excess water contained in the vessel’s cargo holds. The water is used to help pump in the iron sand and is a normal part of loading operations. Additional pumps may be brought in to help speed up the process.

The pumping operation has so far resulted in the vessel’s list being reduced from 14 degrees yesterday to 12 degrees today.

There are no concerns for the safety of the 25 crew or the vessel. The vessel will not depart until the weather has eased and MNZ is satisfied that it is seaworthy.

A further update will be provided tomorrow afternoon.

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