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12 October 2011

Oil spill, New Zealand

Type of Event:Oil Spill
Location of Event:New Zealand
Date of Charter Activation:12/10/2011
Charter Requestor:USGS on behalf of Maritime New Zealand
Project Management:Pacific Disaster Center

An oil spill resulted on Wednesday 05 October, the cargo ship MV Rena ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef off the port of Tauranga, New Zealand.

Maritime New Zealand estimates 350 tonnes of oil leaked from the Rena, and it is believed the ship had 1,900 tonnes of oil and diesel on-board. Despite an International salvage response to refloat the vessel the situation has worsened over the past few days due to the adverse weather conditions.

The Rena has suffered substantial structure failure, with cracks appearing in the hull. This has been caused by the movement of the vessel as the stern, which has remained afloat, shifting with the waves, while the front part of the ship remains stuck on the reef.

Urgent aerial surveillance is required. Current weather conditions are hampering such operations. Suitable EOS applications are now required to assist in the detection of pollution. The owners of the ship are making every effort to minimise any further damages to the environment.

 

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Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Shipping vessel Rena grounded on Astrolabe Reef on 5th October 2011

Source: KOMPSAT-2
Acquired: 18/10/2011

Copyright: KARI
Map produced by Pacific Disaster Center

Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Shipping vessel Rena grounded on Astrolabe Reef on 5th October 2011

Source: WorldView
Acquired: 11/10/11 - 18/10/11

Copyright: DigitalGlobe
Map produced by Pacific Disaster Center

Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Shipping vessel Rena grounded on Astrolabe Reef on 5th October 2011

Source: GeoEye
Acquired: 15/10/11

Copyright: GeoEye
Map produced by Pacific Disaster Center


Source: RADARSAT
Acquired: 15/10/11

Copyright: RADARSAT Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2011) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by Pacific Disaster Center

Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Shipping vessel Rena grounded on Astrolabe Reef on 5th October 2011

Source: Envisat
Acquired: 15/10/11

Copyright: ESA
Map produced by Pacific Disaster Center

Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Shipping vessel Rena grounded on Astrolabe Reef on 5th October 2011

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 11/10/11 - 12/10/11

Copyright: DLR
Map produced by Pacific Disaster Center

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