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Review of Current Marine Oil Spill Contingency Plan (Tier II Plan)

This Plan is formally reviewed every three years to ensure it is up-to-date and incorporates new information on how we can best respond to marine oil spills in our region. We are currently reviewing the Plan and are proposing a number of changes.

  • You can view a copy of the current plan by clicking here.
  • You can view the draft Plan (including the proposed changes) by scrolling to the bottom of this page. 
  • To give feedback on these changes click hereFeedback must be submitted by 5pm, 27 March 2018. 

Key changes being proposed

The key changes we propose are as follows:  

  • To elevate iwi as key regional partners in oil spill response and management. This proposed change to the leadership structure reflects the increased involvement by iwi during a number of oil spill response incidents in the region. This framework underpins oil spill response within Tauranga Moana areas and includes the Iwi Response Framework developed by Tauranga Moana Collective. 
  • To reduce the size of the Plan by removing extracts copied from the National (Tier Three) Plan. Key supporting documents would be referenced electronically in Maritime New Zealand’s (MNZ) electronic database, Web EOC. 
  • To reduce the number of controlled hard copies to a minimum. Instead most stakeholders would be issued digital copies by email (or directed to the website where it is publically accessible) giving them the option to print as required. This would make updates easier to roll out and help keep the plan as current as possible.  Note: contact details for Regional Responders in Annex 2 are not made public and are not included in the attached version.  
  • To embed a number of quick reference links to supporting documents, templates and web sites, including MNZ’s online database Web EOC in the document. Where links are to MNZ and Regional Council databases a log-in and password is required for access by trained staff.  
  • To add additional sensitive site information for the port areas in Mount Maunganui and Sulphur Point. Also the addition of information specific to Volkner Rocks as a sub-site of Whakaari (White Island).
  • Additional reference to the oil transfer (Tier 1) industry plans and activities.  In particular the Port Booming Plan as the first strike response to contain oil spilled as a result of refuelling activities in the vicinity of the Port of Tauranga. 
  • Expansion of the regional response capability including the addition of the new multi-purpose work barge named Awanui. Awanui provides a rapid response vessel for on-water oil collection, incident response and support that can be deployed anywhere within the region.  A variety of new equipment and contacts that may be useful to a response are also detailed in the plan. 
  • Improved recruitment, training and deployment procedures for the regional responder team. Clearer roles are set for Emergency Management staff and other support staff in the set-up, administration and management of the Emergency Operations Centre during a larger spill incident. 
  • The plan includes a new glossary and a links index. 

How to give feedback

Please ensure you have read the draft Bay of Plenty Marine Oil Spill Contingency Plan (including the proposed changes) prior to giving feedback. Once ready please download the form below and email this too Adrain heays at . 

Feedback must be submitted by 5pm, 27 March 2018. 

Cover, Introduction and Operations (1.04MB) 


Annex 1 - Equipment and Resources


Annex 2 - Iwi engagement, mobilisation and contacts (contacts removed for online version)

Annex 3 - Communications (includes cell phone coverage and maps) 1.78MB

Annex 4 - Sensitive Areas and Coastal Information Maps

Annex 5 - Prediction of Oil Movement 1.63MB
Annex 6 - Document control  40.0KB
Annex 7 - Glossary  72.0KB