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Green Taliban were right, the MV Rena was an environmental catastrophe

No they weren’t, and they never are. The outcome has turned out as I always expected, that the Rena would turn into an outstanding marine habitat and possible dive location. The one thing that always amused me through the entire “marine catastrophe” was thinking back to the thousands of ships either sunk in the open seas or in ports during ww2 with all that fuel on board. Thousands of Merchant ships. Then there was the estimated 2000 bird deaths that were an additional cause of outrage. I wonder how many deaths come as a result of this list here http://birding.about.com/od/birdconservation/tp/Causes-Of-Bird-Die-Offs.htm

Anyway, back to the environmental catastrophe that is the MV Rena:

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Photo of the Day

Sometimes just left to rot, other times as a result of navigational errors or warfare, wrecked ships tickle our fancy.  In some case, real treasure may lie within, whereas other times, it’s more technical and historical information that can be gleaned.

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Rena – Some facts the Greens and Media won’t tell you

One year on, the true extent of the “worst environmental disaster in New Zealand’s history” is being squeezed out in a reluctant media.

“Six dotterels died after the disaster and to date, 43 of the 56 birds that were caught and released back into the wild have been seen again.  Monitoring over the upcoming breeding season is expected to account for those not yet seen.”

The names of the six deceased dotterels will not be released until their families have been informed.

The 6 are part of a grand total of  2,410 dead birds collected of which 1,448 were were oiled.

So that’s 1,448 birds, including seagulls, down to the Rena.

Compare that to the normal work of Mother Nature, and one cold day on the West Coast (where were you Global Warming when the birds needed you):

 “A mass death of prions occurred on the West Coast of the North Island last year when 250,000 birds died in a severe winter storm.”

Maybe the Greens should call for an enquiry into the weather.    Oh, wait….

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Rena Captain pleads guilty

The Captain of the MV Rena has pleaded guilty to all charges he faced:

The captain of the cargo ship which grounded on a reef off Tauranga last year has pleaded guilty to all charges against him.

The Rena hit the Astrolabe Reef in October last year causing an environmental disaster – spilling oil and containers into the water and killing masses of sea animals. The stricken ship broke in two early this year.

The captain, whose name remains suppressed, was due back in court for sentencing on May 25.

The  Rena’s navigator, whose name also remains suppressed, pleaded guilty to Maritime Transport Act charges but was yet to enter a plea on a second group of charges.

The captain and the navigation officer were arrested a week following the Rena grounding, charged under the Maritime Transport Act for “operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk”.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 12 months in prison or a fine up to $10,000.

So it wasn’t John Key’s fault after all.

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