21 Mar 2013

Council boosts insurance on ship wrecks

1:43 pm on 21 March 2013

Hawkes Bay Regional Council is increasing the amount of insurance cover it has against ship groundings and clean-up operations.

The move is in response to the grounding of the Rena cargo ship on Tauranga's Astrolabe reef in October 2011 which has so far cost $275 million.

Manager of compliance and harbours Bryce Lawrence said the council feels its $25 million insurance cover is not enough should it be found liable for a disaster on the scale of the Rena grounding.

Mr Lawrence said councillors agreed to spend an extra $80,000 a year to increase the council's insurance cover to $100 million.

He said Napier Port will be asked to contribute to the cost of the extra cover.