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Remembering Rena: Oil spill research – In the News

John Kerr posted in on May 9th, 2016.

Nearly five years after the ship Rena ran aground on Otaiti (Astrolabe Reef) and caused the worst oil spill in New Zealand history, a newly-published series of papers explores the lessons learned. In a new special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, guest editors Chris Battershill, Conrad Pilditch, Philip Ross, […]

New Zealand’s oil spill record scrutinised – In the News

John Kerr posted in on October 12th, 2015.

More than our tons of oil have been spilt in New Zealand waters since the Rena oil spill in 2011, according to figures released by Maritime New Zealand. The data, covering every reported oil spill in the last four years, was provided by Maritime New Zealand to the Sunday Star Times under the Official Information […]

Deep sea oil spill projections – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 23rd, 2013.

How widespread an impact would the failure of a deep sea oil well in New Zealand waters have on coastlines and fishing grounds? A report attempting to answer this question, commissioned by Greenpeace NZ from data modelling firm Dumpark, has been released today. It models the potential spread of a major deep sea oil spill in […]

Cafe Scientifique covers Rena spill

John Kerr posted in on November 30th, 2011.

The Rena grounding was the focus of a night of informal talks from experts at a cafe in Tauranga this month, bringing the science of the recovery effort to the people. Three experts spoke earlier this month at a Cafe Scientifique gathering in Tauranga, the epicenter of the Rena recovery. Cafe Scientifique is an international […]

Experts on deteriorating state of Rena

Peter Griffin posted in on October 18th, 2011.

The stricken container ship Rena is being hit with four metre swells hampering efforts to remove oil and prevent further major spillages should the ship break up. The latest official update from Maritime New Zealand is here. The SMC posed questions to international naval architecture experts on the forces at play in the damaged ship […]

Scientists may look at oil-eating bacteria cleaning Rena spill

Peter Griffin posted in on October 14th, 2011.

The black tide of contamination pouring from the container ship Rena, in New Zealand’s biggest fuel oil spill, may yet offer  a silver lining in terms of knowledge to be gained by the nation’s scientists and researchers. Two quite different American oil spills — Alaska’s  Exxon Valdez grounding  in 1989, and Louisiana’s  BP Deepwater Horizon […]

Rena oil spill: Q&A with a naval architect

Peter Griffin posted in on October 13th, 2011.

Professor Nigel Barltrop, the John Elder Chair of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Research Director at University of Strathclyde’s Engineering Department comments: 1. How likely is it that the ship will break up? Could Rena ship be salvaged in one piece having sustained that type of damage or has it gone past that stage? “Maybe […]

Rena spill: ecosystems most at threat, plans for ongoing monitoring

Peter Griffin posted in on October 13th, 2011.

Waikato University marine ecology and environmental science expert Professor  Chris Battershill has predicted the clean-up of fuel oil from the Rena will take months, and that though open sandy beaches may recover quite quickly, the region’s unique rocky reefs will take a lot longer. Professor  Battershill is the inaugural Chair in Coastal Science for the Bay […]

Real-time ship data in Tauranga

John Kerr posted in on October 13th, 2011.

Currently location information for ships in the Tauranga region is unavailable. We have contacted, the host of the below application, with aim of rectifying the situation. We apologise for the inconvenience . Real time satellite data is available for ships in the Tauranga region.   Marrine shows the location of all registered ships […]

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Rena spill: oil on coastal ecosystems – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on October 12th, 2011.

The SMC received the following comments from experts on various aspects of the oil spill. Feel free to use these quotes or contact the SMC to follow up with these and other experts. The latest update from Maritime New Zealand is available here. Impact of the oil spill: Dr Norm Duke, Professorial Research Fellow, Mangrove […]

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