Vessel making progress on repairs

2 November 2007, 4:00pm

The container ship MSC Edith is making steady progress on repairs after losing engine and electrical power off the Southland coast earlier today.

The ship now has generators running and is in the process of getting its engine room systems up and running.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand and Maritime New Zealand have been closely monitoring the 216 metre long container ship since it reported the problem about 9.50am today. The ship is safely anchored about 2 nautical miles (3.6km) south of The Sisters, east of the town of Waikawa. Twenty-five crew are on board.

A tug from South Port has been sent to assist the vessel, and is expected to arrive at its location later today. A surveillance plane sent up by the Southland Regional Council in response to reports of an oil spill has also confirmed that the vessel is sound and that no spill has occurred.

Weather in the area currently is good, with a light swell and light winds.

A further update will be provided after 5.30pm.

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