Tai Ping

After being grounded for nine days, the vessel (carrying 9,500 tonnes of urea fertiliser) was successfully refloated without a drop of oil being spilled near the entrance to Bluff Harbour.
Tai Ping
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The Tai Ping was refloated without spilling any oil.

Tai Ping, a Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier with a crew of 23 and 9,500 tonnes of urea fertiliser aboard, ran aground at Tiwai Point near the entrance to Bluff Harbour on the morning of 8 October, 2002.

Tai Ping
Booms were swiftly set around the vessel.
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The Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) declared a Tier 3 emergency response following the grounding of the vessel, on the basis of the large volumes of fuel oil carried on board and the risk of a potential spill.

By declaring a Tier 3 emergency, the MSA was able to plan for a major pollution response, should there be a significant oil spill from the vessel.

Booms were set up around the vessel to contain any leakage while equipment was deployed to be close at hand in case a clean-up was needed.

An oiled wildlife holding facility was also set up just in case it was required.

After being grounded for nine days, the vessel was refloated safely and not a drop of oil was spilled.

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