At the mouth of the Kaiwharawhara stream in Wellington Harbour, these men are practising containing an oil spill. The booms laid on the water are designed to stop spilt oil from spreading. New Zealand has had few oil spills of any size, but the potential is always there. Under the Maritime Safety Authority’s strategy the country has enough equipment and trained people to respond to a marine oil spill of up to 7,000 tonnes. Such a mishap is likely to occur once in 100 years.
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