Work underway to contain oil spill

01:21, Oct 07 2012
Ocean Breeze
The Ocean Breeze, the morning after it caught fire in August.

An oil leak from a fishing boat in Lyttelton Harbour has been stopped, but not before 150 litres of diesel leaked from the vessel.

Harbourmaster and Environment Canterbury regional on-scene commander Jim Dilley said the oil had either evaporated or had been soaked up using absorbent pads and a boom.

More than 300,000 litres of oil spilt from the Rena off the Tauranga coast last year.

Bird life in the area was being monitored, but none had been found with adverse effects, Dilley said.

Divers were not able to find the pin sized leak in the Ocean Breeze, but the diesel had been pumped from the fuel tank stopping the leak, Dilley said.

The leak was found earlier today coming from the Ocean Breeze, which was at the commercial wharfs of the inner harbour.

The Ocean Breeze is the same boat that caught fire when it was at the dry-dock at Lyttelton in August.


The Press