Teams of volunteers head out to clear oil on Tauranga's beaches.
Teams of volunteers head out to clear oil on Tauranga's beaches. Blair Harkness

Beach clean up in full swing

BEACH cleaning teams are working all over Tauranga beaches today to clean oil leaked from the cargo vessel Rena following its grounding on Astrolabe Reef and Maritime New Zealand says there have been no fresh discharges of oil today or overnight.

Teams are also being trained and positioned in areas where oil is projected to come ashore over the next few days.

National On Scene Commander Nick Quinn says the team is "ahead of the oil," working to ensure when oil reaches the shoreline, teams are already on the ground and ready to respond.

More than 3000 volunteers have registered their support and Mr Quinn said it was heartening to see the Bay of Plenty community get behind the response effort.

"We have a volunteer coordination team working to ensure we get the maximum benefit from all these fantastic volunteers. The important thing for us right now is to ensure we manage all these people properly."

Read more on the Bay of Plenty Times.


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