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oil spill disaster!


About 350 tonnes spilt already.

hundreds of containers falling into the sea.

toxic glycol chemical dispersant used to hide oil.

birds and seals dead or dying.

This is not a business decision National, with cost benefit ratios. Put the money in that is needed to clean up the mess now!


Fuck you National!


Urgent PROTEST, Wellington, tomorrow!

Join us on Thursday the 13th of October in expressing our frustration and anger at the current incompetence of the state in dealing with the oil disaster in Tauranga.

We (a group of concerned citizens) will be calling for:

- the immediate deployment of booms, fences and oil scooping equipment
around the ship and around the trailing oil spill at sea and along coastlines - not toxic dispersants or simple beach cleanups;
- an emergency system for dealing with the containers that might spill
toxic/flammable waste;

and for
- an immediate moratorium on offshore drilling.

We will be meeting at 12 noon at the brail sculpture on the corner of Grey St and Lambton Quay and heading to a currently undecided location (probably National Party office or Maritime NZ as parliament is on holiday).

All groups and individuals welcome, particularly affected iwi and communities. Please distribute this event widely.

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hazardous ships

Lucky there wasn't uranium aboard, since uranium is now allowed to transit through NZ ports, including Tauranga. Wait a minute, maybe there was...?

A completely successful

A completely successful salvage is not necessary for the salvors to be able to claim recompense via a Lloyds of London Arbitrator.

In this case any removal of oil would give rise to a salvage payment, as the salvors would claim they had saved the owners and their insurers damages through their efforts.

'The usual practice is to talk up the difficulty and risk involved,' according to an anonymous maritime expert. This line is then maintained when Lloyds Arbitrator hears the claim against the insurers who then pay out the salvor on the basis of the decision reached.