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  MPERSS

   Marine Pollution Emergency Response Support System for the high seas

 

 

 

Marine Pollution Incident (MPI) AREA XIV

The South Pacific and Southern Oceans south of the equator, bounded by Area X to the west, Area XII to the north and Area XV to the east.

AMOC : New Zealand

Contact point
Steve Ready (principal contact during normal working hours), Meteorological Service of New Zealand
P.O. Box 722, Wellington 6140, New Zeland
Tel: +64 4 4700 737
Fax: +64 4 471 2078
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Website: www.metservice.co.nz
Operational contact point (24 h)
Marine Forecaster, Meteorological Service of New Zealand
P.O. Box 722, Wellington 6140, New Zeland
Tel: +64 4 4700 760
Fax: +64 4 471 2078
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Supporting Services

Contact point
Nigel Clifford
Maritime New Zealand - General Manager Response and Safety Services
P. O. Box 30050, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Tel: +64 4 577 8031
Fax: +64 4 577 8041
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Operational contact point (24 h)
Oil Spill Duty Officer
Maritime New Zealand
P. O. Box 45209, Te Atatu, Auckland 0651, New Zeland
Tel: +64 4 473 6369
Fax: +64 4 577 8038
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Other relevant contact points

None

Marine Pollution Emergency Response Authority

Maritime New Zealand
Nigel Clifford
General Manager Response and Safety Services
P. O. Box 30050, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Tel: +64 4 577 8031
Fax: +64 4 577 8041
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24h/Day
Oil Spill Duty Officer
Maritime New Zealand
P. O. Box 45209, Te Atatu, Auckland 0651, New Zeland
Tel: +64 4 473 6369
Fax: +64 4 577 8038
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Marine pollution transport model available under MPERSS

Type of pollution model  
Name of model Oil MAP 
References http://www.asascience.com/software/oilmap
Free No
Input (pollutant data) Oil type, physical/chemical properties, release schedule, location and start/end times
Input (Environmental data) All environmental data except ice obtained from an environmental data server. See www.asascience.com/software/eds/data/index.shtml
Trajectory algorithm: Wind Modelled or observed surface winds are available: see link above
Trajectory algorithm: Current Hydrodynamic model including wind current, tide current and mean flow.
Trajectory algorithm: Waves (generation method, effect on advection) Waves are taken into account. Model algorithm unknown.
Fate algorithm: evaporation, emulsification... SpreadingEvaporation, Dissolution, Dispersion, Sedimentation, Shoreline interaction
Model Validation See www.asascience.com/software/oilmap/.
Application area Potentially, the whole of MPI XIV
Real-time response capacity Yes

Object drift model available under MPERSS

Type of pollution model  
Name of model SARMAP 
References www.asascience.com/software/sarmap/index.shtml
Free No
Input (pollutant data) Object type, physical/chemic properties, release schedule, location and start/end times
Input (Environmental data) All environmental data except ice obtained from an environmental data server. See www.asascience.com/software/eds/data/index.shtml
Trajectory algorithm: Wind Modelled or observed winds are available: see link above.
Trajectory algorithm: Current Hydrodynamic model including wind current, tide current and mean flow.
Trajectory algorithm: Waves (generation method, effect on advection) Waves are taken into account. Model algorithm unknown.
Fate algorithm: evaporation, emulsification... Downwind leeway, Crosswind leeway, Jibing, Shoreline interaction
Model Validation See See www.asascience.com/software/sarmap/index.shtml 
Application area Potentially, the whole of MPI XIV
Real-time response capacity Yes

MPERSS trials

Date(s) and period(s) of trials Brief summary of results
 Trials regularly done for 2 or 3 regions (out of a total of 16 regions) around New Zealand every year  to test the national capability as per the NZ Oil Spill strategy and a national trial once every so often.  

Actual marine pollution emergencies

Date(s) and duration(s) of incidents Brief summary of results
Only coastal events:
February 2002 - 2 weeks but not much oil spilled
October 2002 - 5 days
Forecasts supplied to the maritime Safety Authority. In the first incident a forecaster was based on site for a week.
One significant spill of heavy fuel oil involving the container ship, Rena, in October 2011.    There have been many small, insignificant spills from smaller vessels involving a few litres to a few tonnes of oil. The response to the Rena grounding on Astrolabe Reef resulted in a highly effective salvage operation involving the clean up of 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil along the shore line.

(Last Updated: 31-05-2013)

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