Rena Salvage Moves From Oil To Containers

The container retrieval vessel SeaTow 60 being positioned next to Rena. The tanker Go Canopus is in the backbround. Photo: Maritime New Zealand

-+*Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) reports that salvage crews have removed most of the oil from the M/V Rena, the containership which ran aground on a New Zealand reef early last month. The race to remove the oil from Rena’s hull began days after the grounding with local authorities working fast to secure the wreck before […]

Salvage of MV Rena Continues… Sucking Heavy Fuel Presents Issues

Svitzer MV Rena Salvage Maritime New Zealand

-+*WELLINGTON (Dow Jones)–Maritime New Zealand is focused Monday on removing oil from a cargo vessel grounded on a reef off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. MNZ Salvage Unit Head Bruce Anderson said 21 tons of oil were pumped from the vessel overnight onto the Awanuia, after pumping operations got underway late Sunday and […]

MV Rena… “The worst environmental maritime disaster in New Zealand” – Prime Minister

Fly-over shots of the M/V Rena grounded on the Astrolabe Reef on October 8, three days after grounding. Photo: Dudley Clemens via MNZ

-+*By Lucy Craymer And Rebecca Howard, Wall Street Journal WELLINGTON—Oil spilling from a cargo vessel stranded off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island is the country’s worst environmental maritime disaster, Environment Minister Nick Smith said on Tuesday, as high waves and strong winds create problems for salvagers trying to limit the environmental damage. Maritime New Zealand […]

Containership Rena strikes New Zealand’s Astrolabe Reef


-+*The Waikato Times of New Zealand reports that the 236-meter Liberian flagged container ship, M/V Rena aground on Astrolabe Reef yesterday about 6 nautical miles from the nearest harbour. The vessel is currently leaking oil, taking on water and contains hazardous and explosive cargo. Rumors of alcohol being involved in the collision have alarmed local reporters, […]

Is The Deepwater Horizon Leaking Oil?

Deepwater Horizon Oil Sheen

-+*The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday it is working with Transocean Ltd. to find out whether last year’s wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon rig is the source of oil sheens that have appeared in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard said in a statement that a series of oil sheens—basically a thin carpet of […]

Dirty Joke Caught On Tape – NTSB Eagle Otome Report

Eagle Otome Oil Spill

-+*Fatigue and distractions including off-colored jokes and reading newspapers are just some of the contributing causes to last year’s ship collision between the tanker Eagle Otome and a towboat which caused the largest Texas oil spill in more than 20 years, according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials today. “I don’t think that’s the […]

Admiral Papp Praises Deepwater Horizon Crew, Captain Kutcha Cleared


-+*The Commandant of the US Coast Guard, Admiral Robert Papp, released his final report on the Deepwater Horizon Investigation today. The contents of the report are in stark contrast to the initial USCG Investigation report released in April. This time, instead of publicly raking Transocean over the coals, the Coast Guard drew up new conclusions […]

UK looking to “name and shame” offshore oil companies that cause environmental damage

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-+*ABERDEEN, Scotland (Dow Jones)–The organization tasked with policing safety on U.K. North Sea oil and gas installations said Wednesday it is prepared to change the way it publishes information on leaks and other incidents, amid criticism of a lack of transparency around Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSA) recent spill at the Gannet Alpha platform. “There […]

CNOOC Willing To Set Up Marine Environmental Fund With ConocoPhillips

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-+*SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)–China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CEO), also known as CNOOC, said Tuesday that it is willing to establish a marine environmental fund with ConocoPhillips (COP), to address the impact of several oil spills at Bohai Bay. The move comes after China’s State Oceanic Administration ordered a halt to all operations last week at the Penglai […]

China puts stop to Conoco offshore production citing “negligence”


-+*SHANGHAI—China’s coastal waters regulator on Friday ordered ConocoPhillips to suspend production in the country’s largest off-shore oil field, citing “negligence” by the U.S. energy company in handling underwater leaks. The move by the State Oceanic Administration, which manages Chinese waters, rejects the Houston company’s claims this week that it stopped oil leaks associated with spills […]