Mt Maunganui Oil Spill

The 47,000 tonne cargo ship became stuck on the Astrolobe Reef off Tauranga last Wednesday.

Fresh oil has been seen this morning leaking from the ship, heading in a south-westerly direction, and overnight the ship partially righted itself, and is now only listing by between 3 and 6 degrees, MNZ said.

This is so disturbing to see on my home town’s beach 😦

Lumps on thick tar like oil washed up on the beautiful beach

Lumps of it on the beach

Volunteers helping to clean up the beach – bless!

Rings of oil washed up with the incoming tide onto the beach

😦 What a sad day for Mt Maunganui and all the sea life! 😦


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