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Oil spill in Coromandel Harbour being contained.

05 December 2014

There's been a diesel leak after a boat sinking in Coromandel Harbour overnight.

The local harbour master has deployed sorbent booms around the 12-metre vessel to help prevent the spread of the diesel. Further gear and specialist staff are being deployed to the scene to manage the situation.

Waikato Regional Council marine oil spill response staff are also helping deal with the spill. A commercial diver is to plug the leak to limit the impact of the spill while two local oyster farms have decided to defer harvesting today.

The council’s harbour master deployed spill containing booms around the vessel after learning of the sinking early this morning. Other specialist gear and staff are being deployed as well by the council.

The vessel owner’s insurer is arranging salvage and it is hoped to have the boat re-floated by this afternoon.

The boat sank on its mooring at an unknown time overnight in Waipapa Bay off Windy Point. The sinking, for reasons still to be determined, was in 4.5 metres of water. The boat had approximately 400 litres of diesel on board.

“Our current focus is on containing the leak of the diesel to help keep it away from sensitive areas and protect the marine environment,” said duty regional on scene commander Adam Munro.

“We have had good co-operation from the owner and their insurer and affected parties have been notified.”

Mr Munro stressed the cause of the sinking had yet to be determined.

Duty regional on scene commander Adam Munro said the vessel had sunk on its mooring for unknown reasons in 4.5 metres of water, several hundred metres off Windy Point.

The vessel had approximately 400 litres of diesel on board.

“Our current focus is on containing the leak of the diesel to help keep it away from sensitive areas and protect the marine environment.

“We are working closely with the vessel’s owner, who will be arranging salvage through their insurer.”