The owners of the MV Rena say they are funding a $35,000 virtual buoy system in Tauranga Harbour because they have listened to the public.
Daina Shipping said the message was that it must help prevent a repeat of the 2011 disaster, in which the container ship ran aground on Astrolabe Reef and spilled oil into the sea.
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is developing the virtual buoy system, which will electronically mark reefs to help ships avoid them.
Daina Shipping spokesperson Hugo Shanahan said the community had sent a clear message that it should contribute to such efforts.
"The feedback has been if there was something that could be done to help prevent such an accident happening again, that [Daina] were willing and keen to try to support that," he said.
"That's why they've made an offer to fund this initiative that the regional council and the harbourmaster are pushing forward."
The virtual system will be in place by the end of March.