12 October 2011
Trained South Australian oil spill responders are helping train and organise New Zealand volunteers as they race to save their coastline from the polluting fuel.
Over the weekend approximately 160 volunteers turned out to clean beaches affected by oil which had escaped from the grounded Rena.
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure staff, in New Zealand as part of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s National Response Team, have been training and leading volunteers remove oil from the shoreline and using decontamination units.
Other specialists from SA continue to offer incident planning and management assistance and aerial observation.
Efforts to remove remaining oil from the stranded ship continue with more than 1000 tonnes of the heavy fuel oil pumped from the Rena leaving about 360 tonnes to be removed.
More than 7000 people have registered as volunteers to assist with the clean up.
South Australia remains committed to assisting with additional equipment and resources as required as part of the recovery effort.
The department is the State’s lead agency in responding to marine oil and other noxious substance spills in State waters.