There is now little remaining trace of fuel oil on the water following the spill into the harbour at Mt Maunganui yesterday. Clean-up operations are now focused on a section of the nearby beach, and Mobil crews are assisting the Bay of Plenty Regional Council in the response. The on-scene Commander has the lead on the response efforts.
Mobil has identified that a fuel oil leak originated from a pipeline during a ship refuelling operation. The pipeline was quickly shut down and will remain closed until repairs can be carried out. Technical experts are now on site to conduct further investigations.
Mobil Oil New Zealand Lead Country Manager Andrew McNaught said that Mobil regrets this event has occurred.
“We apologise for the incident and for any concern and inconvenience caused to the community. We would like to assure them we are working as quickly as possible to safely manage the situation, to clean up the leaked fuel oil and minimise the impact on the environment.
“Mobil appreciates the efforts of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council in responding promptly and effectively to the incident. We will reimburse the Council for any direct costs incurred in the spill response and clean-up.
“We are aware that several boats have been impacted by the fuel oil. Mobil is liaising with the local marina operator about boat cleaning procedures. We recommend that clean-up is handled by an expert,” he said.
Mobil has established a process to deal with claims and will consider claims for damage directly resulting from the leaked oil.
Community queries can be directed to Mobil’s community hotline during business hours on 0800 895 011.
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