Vessel Aground in New Zealand
Wednesday, October 09, 2002
According to the New Zealand Maritime Safety Authority (MSA), the Hong Kong motor vessel Tai Ping is aground at the entrance to Bluff harbor (located at the south end of South Island). The vessel is carrying 9,535 tons of urea and 350 tons of heavy fuel oil and diesel.
While there are no reports of an oil discharge, the MSA has declared a Tier 3 emergency response. Follow-up reports state the response efforts and discussed response planning.