Media updates 9 November 2011

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Media updates

MEDIA UPDATE 6.50am 9 November:

The first aerial observation flight of the morning has reported no apparent change in the Rena's condition.

A skeleton crew of salvors remained on board overnight and the day shift is being transferred on to the vessel now.

MNZ Salvage Unit Manager Kenny Crawford said that salvors were "very hopeful" of beginning pumping heavy fuel oil from the submerged #5 starboard tank this morning.

On shore, oil spill response activities will continue, involving NZ Defence Force personnel, trained oil spill responders, contractors and volunteers (2 events - Papamoa and Maketu)

Oiled wildlife response teams will also be out again today.


MEDIA UPDATE 6.50am 8 November:

The first aerial observation flight of the day is underway. So far we have no report of any change in the Rena's status

As of 5.45am salvors had NOT begun pumping oil from the submerged #5 starboard wing tank; they were continuing to rig hoses in preparation for pumping

Overnight a wildlife team was on the shore around Mount Maunganui, checking for oiled birds

Shoreline clean-up operations will continue today, with a combination of NZ Defence Force personnel, trained oil spill responders, contractors and volunteers.

There will be a more detailed update in the 10.30am press release.



It is critical to safe operations that the aerial and marine exclusion zone around Rena is observed and respected.

Entering the exclusion zone can seriously impact on the recovery operation and put those working on salvaging the ship at risk. It is also an offence to enter the exclusion zone and anyone found breaching this zone could be fined up to $20,000. For details, visit


Tuesday 8 November 12 noon - Rock Washing at Mt Maunganu

Meet at the Mount Surf Club, cnr Adams Ave and Marine Pde - you'll be escorted to the site by a NZ Defence force representativ - the site's a few minutes walk away. Rock washing is a technique using sea water to clean oil from the rocks.

You will be walking through areas contaminated with oil, so please walk to the site wearing your normal footwear, then CHANGE into gumboots at the site. You will have to change back into your clean footwear before returning to your vehicles.

We will have staff there to guide you.


Rena media conferences held daily at 3:30pm

The 3.30pm press conferences will be held outside the incident command centre at the old Foodtown on the corner of Cameron Road and Fourteenth Avenue.

ALL media enquiries:

0800 774 554 (0800 SPILL INFO) (within NZ only)

Attention media: the correct procedure for media wanting access to the forward operations base for the on-water oil spill and salvage operations is as follows:

Please DO NOT go to the waterfront expecting to be given access. Please contact the Response Media Team on 0800 774 554 to arrange access, and we will coordinate this. Any media not doing this will be turned away.

The forward operations area contains significant and numerous hazards. Media cleared to visit the base must BRING the following:

- a high visibility vest

- hard hat

- life jacket

- suitable footwear

Anyone not bringing or wearing suitable protective clothing will be denied access. The response team does not have spare gear available for media.

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