Prepare for Mount beaches to be fouled with a tar like substance by Tuesday or Wednesday.
That’s the word from a person within the salvage operation who says a storm due to hit the coast on Monday afternoon is intensifying and will most likely smash open the stricken Rena. Its heavy fuel oil may come ashore and blanket the coast.
Oil drawn from the sea about 1km from the grounded Rena.
Jim is involved in the salvage and is known to SunLive. He says too little is being done too late before rough seas break up the ship and further spill its 1700 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and other contaminants.
The gale force winds forecast from the northern quarters would drive the heavy oil slick ashore in the next few days.
Jim says those trying to extricate the fuel and salvage the vessel are preparing for up to four metre seas on Monday evening.
MetService is today predicting 30-40 knot northeast winds Monday afternoon, with the swell increasing from 1 metre on monday and 3m by Tuesday.
If the Rena’s hull is wrenched open, massive quantities of heavy fuel oil will be spilled and, along with containers and debris, spread along the coast from Waihi Beach to Maketu.
With the forecast gale force winds from the northerly quarters, he believes the pristine beaches of Mount Maunganui and Papamoa are at serious risk.
Jim says this information is not being conveyed to the general public and he believes they need to know.
“The public need to prepare themselves for the worst and hope for best.”