Diesel fumes from ship spur complaint

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 28/12/2013

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Taranaki's environmental watchdog is keeping an eye on a shipat Port Taranaki after being alerted to diesel fumes pouring from the vessel.

Taranaki Regional Council compliance manager Bruce Pope said a complaint was received on Tuesday morning about rig-support vessel the Skandi Emerald, which had broken down because of a mechanical issue with its engine.

Pope confirmed the issue had been investigated but there had been no breach of the regional air quality plan at this stage.

"We will continue to monitor the situation," he said.

Port Taranaki harbour master John Ireland said he was not sure how long the ship would remain in port while repairs were carried out on its engine.

He said the situation was under control and the fumes did not present a health and safety risk for port staff.

"There is no issue as far as I'm concerned," Ireland said.

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