The vessel which sank in Wyuna Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula last week has been successfully salvaged, with no further discharge of oil or diesel into the water.
Waikato Regional Council harbourmasters, trained in oil spill response, deployed sorbent booms at the site to ensure any spills from the vessel during the salvage operation would be captured.
Fortunately, there was no sign of any oily substance coming from the water pumped from the hull during this afternoon’s operation.
The vessel is expected to remain at its mooring until high tide later this evening, when it will be towed to the Coromandel wharf for assessment.
Council staff were initially contacted last Tuesday (23 April) after the 50-foot revamped trawler was found still attached to its mooring and partially submerged.
Later that day a commercial diver was able to enter the water and successfully plug the vessel’s ‘breathers’ to stem the flow of diesel from its tanks.
A ring of sorbent booms deployed by the council’s trained oil spill response staff remained in place until today’s operation, with the site regularly monitored by the Thames-Coromandel harbourmaster to ensure the booms were working effectively.