“It’s Appalling ” Steve Jones, the official spokes person, for Maritime New Zealand told Associated Press reporters 24 hours ago. Apparently the most appalling thing is that the ship’s captain, and the owners of the cargo Rena, are keeping tight lips, over the captains apparent negligence to run a tight ship.
The 775-foot (236-meter) Liberian flagged Rena, ran aground on Astrolabe Reef, October the 5th, 14 miles from Tauranga Harbor, on North Island, New Zealand.
Oil spillage is an immediate issue, as well as the potential loss of 1,368 cargo containers, 70 of which have already toppled into the sea, and 11 yet to plummet, which contain hazardous materials.
Weather conditions, according to Jones, have swelled to impossible salvaging capabilities for crews to board the cracked hull vessel.
The name of the sea-captain, and first mate, both apparently facing criminal charges, are being with-held, upon requisition of the Captains Attorney, who appropriates that vigilantes could intervene.
Six ships were mobilized to intercept still floating containers, as well as other debris , yet with 16 foot swells, collecting the loose containers has been, and remains almost impossible.
Ann Coughlan, New Zealand’s Maritime spokeswoman, said 200 oiled birds had been found dead and 41 others are now being cleaned at a wildlife emergency center.
Maritime New Zealand, estimates that between 220 and 330 tons of heavy fuel oil have spilled from the snapped hull, leading New Zealand’s environment minister, Nick Smith, to call it the country’s biggest maritime environmental disaster.
All we really know is the ship ran aground with enough knots to snap the ships hull, from deck to waterline, and possibly below. The Government of New Zealand has demanded answers about exactly what was going on aboard the ship at the time, but the company owning the ship, and their attorneys have yet to respond. The Captain, and his 1st Mate were charged with: Operating a vessel in a manner to cause unnecessary danger or risk, and released on bail Wednesday, in Tauranga District Court.
According to our sources…which, frankly, means, their ( Lawyers) …Nothing further has been released to the public of exactly what the Filipino captain, whom the New Zealand Herald reports was celebrating his forty-fourth birthday, and his first mate were up to when the ship ran aground.
But, with enough gooey oil spoofing the coast line of New Zealand’s pristine Tauranga beaches to cause the countries worse Maritime environmental disaster, suffice it to say good Captain; Oh Snap! Parties Over for you big guy.