Vessels in port
Swells of 4m hit Hawke's Bay coast, forcing ships out of Napier Port
Ships could continue to be turned away from Napier Port for the next few days as an "unprecendented" swell hammers Hawke's Bay. Clifton Beach was closed by Hastings District Council on Wednesday and Napier City Council closed the Marine Parade viewing platform after tourists were drenched by a heaving sea on Wednesday morning. MetService meteorologist Tui McInnes said a slow building pressure system out to the east of Hawke's Bay had ramped up the seas, causing swells of close to 4m. McInnes said the 4m swells had the potential to "cause a bit of havoc on the coast" as it could possibly continue until Saturday morning. "The main thing that is causing the big waves is the easterly winds that are occur. "With a large space and a slow build-up it leaves time for some quite nice swells to develop," McInnes said. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12252333
Napier Port chemical leak under control
A chemical leak which closed part of Napier Port earlier today, Dec. 17, has now been contained. Inspectors found a small amount of sodium hydroxide, a corrosive and potentially flammable chemical, on the outside of four containers unloaded from a ship this morning. The port was closed after the spill was discovered and the fire service was called in to decontaminate the scene. Three fire trucks, along with a combined hazardous materials unit and command centre were sent to the port at 8.20am. Fire Service spokesman Mike Wanoa said there was no danger to the public because a secure area of the port was blocked off. Fire crews had decontaminated the area by 3pm, isolating the four containers and repairing a fifth container - believed to be the source of the leak. The source container remained cordoned off.
Hazardous solvent spill at Napier Port
The cleanup of a hazardous chemical spill at Napier Port on Tuesday is still under way. The leak came from a container of methyl ethyl ketone, which is classified as a hazardous substance and used as a solvent. The Fire Service has put a 100-metre exclusion zone around the container after it was notified of the leak on Tuesday morning. It oversaw the opening of the container earlier in the day, allowing fumes from the leaking drum to dissipate. Fire crews were still working in the afternoon to remove the undamaged drums from the container and wash them down. The damaged drum will be taken to a hazardous goods storage facility. http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/86725646/unknown-chemical-spill-at-napier-portUpload News