There has been a small release of oil overnight. This is
estimated at between 5 and 10 tonnes.
It is unclear exactly where on the ship this has come from, but
it is considered probable the seepage is a result of further
leaking from the duct keel due to the low tide.
Four vessels are now being prepared to go to the site to
conduct on-water recovery operations. They will use offshore Ro
booms (heavy duty booms capable of operating in strong currents) to
corral the oil so recovery teams can use skimmers to remove oil
from the water.
New Zealand Defence Force helicopters will support the on-water
recovery teams by providing aerial observations to direct their
Planning teams are now doing trajectory modelling to assess
where the oil is likely to head. At this point it is moving
offshore, and it is not expected to reach any coastline for the
next two days. We will update you on the trajectory modelling later