29 Oct 2011

Briefly grounded container ship good to go

4:00 pm on 29 October 2011

A second container ship that briefly ran aground in the mouth of Tauranga harbour on Friday should leave the port late Saturday or on Sunday.

The Dutch-registered Schelde Trader, a medium-sized container ship chartered by Maersk Shipping, was heading out for the Pacific Islands when it went aground just north of North Rock, near the base of Mt Maunganui.

It was refloated 20 minutes later and brought back into port for an inspection.

Maritime New Zealand says there was no sign of damage to the ship and no oil has spilled.

The company in charge of inspecting it says reports that the power failed are incorrect - the vessel just lost propulsion. It says the owners want to take the ship out as soon as possible, and there is no reason why not, as it poses no threat to the environment.