Rena Cautionary area established
Sunday, 8 January 2012 2:30 p.m.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has established a cautionary area around the Rena, following the release of containers and debris from the vessel.
This includes the area from Waihī Beach to Mayor Island to Maketū.
All vessels in the area are recommended to navigate with extreme caution.
All vessels should proceed at slow speed, keep a good lookout and travel through the area in daylight only. The debris field is extensive and its movement is unpredictable and could extend further.
The current Rena exclusion zone remains in place at this time - a three nautical mile radius around Astrolabe Reef. This will be reviewed as more information is gathered about the state of the Rena.
Anyone found in the exclusion zone without the express permission of the harbourmaster may be or fined $200 or could be prosecuted.
It is important to notify Maritime New Zealand immediately if you see oil or containers in the water, by calling 0800 645 774.
For more media information contact:
Community Relations Manager Bronwyn Campbell on 021 287 9380