23 Dec 2015

Oil spill in Tauranga Harbour cleaned up

5:09 pm on 23 December 2015

An oil spill in Tauranga Harbour from a damaged fishing vessel has been cleaned up.

Bay of Plenty regional harbourmaster Peter Buell said the spill created an oil sheen about a hundred metres long and two to three metres wide in the port area.

Boats in Tauranga Harbour.

Boats in Tauranga Harbour. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Pilot Bay has been closed to swimming today as a precaution.

Mr Buell said the oil was captured using booms and he did not expect it to have caused harm to the environment.

He said water quality test results due back tomorrow would establish whether sewage from the vessel also spilled into the water.

Maritime New Zealand said the vessel had been detained and a hole will be patched before it goes to dry dock for repairs.

Oil on the Tauranga Harbour foreshore on Tuesday.

Oil on the Tauranga Harbour foreshore from an earlier incident in April Photo: Bay of Plenty Regional Council

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