23 Jun 2010

Korean log ship delayed for repairs

6:42 pm on 23 June 2010

A 27,000-tonne cargo ship that ran aground as it left the Port of Tauranga on Monday night is likely to stay in port for several days while damage is repaired.

The Korean-owned Hanjin Bombay got stuck on rocks just outside the entrance to Tauranga Harbour at about 8pm, after losing power.

The ship, laden with logs, was refloated and towed out of the harbour by two tugboats. It was brought back into port on Tuesday morning to be checked over.

It has suffered hull damage and needs temporary repairs that are likely to involve welding steel plates over the damaged sections.

Maritime New Zealand, which is also investigating the grounding, says it has had no reports of oil or fuel leaking from the ship during the grounding.