MV Grinna II ran aground on Manihiki’s reef close to the harbour in 2022. Picture courtesy of JEANMARIE WILLIAMS (Facebook)/22032312
The National Environment Service (NES) has completed its environmental assessment for removing the stranded vessel MV Grinna from the Manihiki reef after multiple failed attempts.
environment agency has completed its environmental due diligence for removing
the stranded vessel outside the Manihiki harbour on Tukao Island. Environment
director Halatoa Fua said the due diligence included consultations with the
Island Government of Manihiki to remove any hazardous items.
emergency provision approval was issued to the client for the work to be
carried out based on a management plan of the scuttling/removal process,” Fua
to the NES annual report for the year ended June 30, 2023, the vessel has been
grounded on the reef since March 2022.
report states that in May 2023, NES reissued a notice specifying the
environmental requirements for the vessel’s removal.
a SPREP (Pacific Regional Environment Programme) marine hazardous substance
expert advised an onsite evaluation by a qualified professional to address
salvage and spill responses.
June 2023, Taio Shipping Ltd provided a full management plan for the removal of
the MV Grinna from the Manihiki reef.
report submitted to Parliament last December states that NES finalised the assessment
of the plan with technical advice from the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR),
aiming to begin the removal process in the last quarter of 2023.
280-tonne MV Grinna II ran aground on Manihiki’s reef late March 2022.
attempts to remove the ship from the reef were made on March 24 by two foreign
fishing vessels. Plans were made to drag the Grinna out to sea by two foreign
fishing boats and sink the damaged vessel off the west side of the island.
However, the passenger/cargo vessel could not be dislodged off the reef.