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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 […]

Expert on containers lost from Rena

Peter Griffin posted in on October 12th, 2011.

Between 30 and 70 containers have fallen from the MV Rena which is grounded on the Astrolabe reef near Tauranga harbour. The SMC asked an international expert in oil spills on the potential hazards posed by the loose containers. Dr. Simon Boxall, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, comments: “The main concern now is securing […]

Rena: experts on oil dispersants and natural breakdown

John Kerr posted in on October 10th, 2011.

UPDATE: Winds now pushing oil onto the Bay of Plenty coast could turn offshore on Thursday, forecasters say.  State science company NIWA is providing Auckland City Council’s emergency management staff with weather and sea state (currents and waves) forecasts from its EcoConnect forecasting system relevant to the salvage and clean up operation for the grounded […]

Rena oil spill: Information and expert resources

John Kerr posted in on October 10th, 2011.

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Rena oil disaster looms

John Kerr posted in on October 10th, 2011.

The grounding of the Rena container ship on the Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty poses a substantial environmental threat and has recovery teams scrambling to avert disaster. The Liberian-flagged container ship,  Rena, crashed into the Astrolabe Reef near Motiti island, offshore from Tauranga, on Wednesday. Since then it is estimated that 10-100 tones […]

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