Containers from the stricken container ship Rena are washing up along Mount Maunganui Beach this morning.
Four containers have washed-up so far with three sealed and one open.
The open one is carrying burger patties and refrigerator insulation.
Containers from Rena are washing up on Mount Maunganui Beach. This one is near the corner Marine Parade and Sutherland Avenue.
“There is another one just off Marine Parade which is still moving in the water.”
Tracy says police are on the beach keeping an eye on the area.
Maritime New Zealand spokesperson Nick Bohm says he can confirm another 30 containers have fallen off the ship overnight.
This container is on the beach near the Marine Parade and Oceanbeach Road roundabout.
These two containers are on the beach near Maranui Street.
Nick says he can not confirm where exactly they will be washing up on Mount Maunganui Beach.
“We expect more to come ashore sometime today.”
Nick says there is heavy oiling on Motiti Island today and "moderate" oiling on Papamoa Beach.
“Mount Maunganui is considered light compared to what is washing up on Motiti. We expect oil to keep washing up on shore from this point on.”
Oil on the beach 100m south of the Papamoa Surf Club at 7am today. Photo: Rick Curach.
Nick says Maritime NZ have started to contact volunteers today to get them trained and assigned to a team as soon as possible.
“Training will take about an hour before they are assigned to a crew to go out. We’re still keen to hear from more volunteers, they can call the 0800 OIL SPILL number.”
Alternatively people can visit www.boprc.govt.nz/oilspillvolunteers
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