Oil almost cleared

Despite the prayers and hopes of the Greens and Labour, the oil is almost cleared from the MV Rena:

The end is nearly in sight for salvors working to pump oil off the Rena, with less than 150 tonnes remaining on the stricken cargo ship.

Salvors have been continuously pumping heavy fuel oil from the Rena’s submerged starboard tank since Wednesday night, with some some 225 tonnes of oil transferred to the tanker Awanuia by this afternoon.

The least accessible of the ship’s tanks originally contained 358 tonnes of oil, with about 133 tonnes still to be pumped off.

If the current pumping rate of four tonnes an hour was sustained, salvors could potentially remove all the oil from the Rena by Monday morning.

The salvors have done a great job and now they face the tricky task of removing the containers. The amount of time taken makes a lie of the political parties who screamed that not enough had been done in the first four days.

It has become clear that the tasks involved were extremely complex and politicians should have just kept their mouths shut instead of shamefully exploiting a maritime disaster for callous political point scoring.

Labour, through Trevor Mallard, is of course continuing to pursue this angle by firing off inept and poorly written OIA requests.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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