NewstalkZB reports that Tauranga National Party politician Simon Bridges has been out on a boat to view the grounded ship, Rena, and says it is a sight to behold. He says from a layman’s perspective the sheer size and scale of the situation is troubling.
“I’ve been out and about over the last day or so and certainly people are very concerned, they can see that something grim in unfolding before our eyes here in Tauranga, so the mood’s not good.”
The report goes on to say that Mr Bridges “has full confidence in the authorities carrying out the rescue and salvage operation.”
Well good for you Simon. I have no confidence at all, and I reckon it will be just another daft ballsup of the kind this country is becoming more and more known for. (Pike River, WRC etc) Comment from an interesting discussion on the incident on the NZ Fishing website–
I have contacts that have been on the ship today. The bottom of the ship is starting to crack which is why you now have fuel leaking from one of the tanks. The source expects that the ship will break up but the back part should float as there is a water tight bulkhead. The expected release of fuel is around 200mt form the tanks which will be broken. The idiots are also using an oil dispersant which DOES NOT work on heavy fuel oil ifo380 which this ship uses all it’s going to do is kill fish and the surrounding reef. Apparently it’s like a madhouse on board no ones knows what the he’ll is going on or can make a decision. They have appointed a german salvage company but don’t expect tugs anytime soon. The only barges able to get the fuel out are sitting in Auckland as no one make a decision. This is going to be bad!!!! Will update as I get more info.
How many days is it now and in near perfect weather, nothing has been done?