WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Maritime New Zealand Director Keith Manch said Tuesday he was addressing shortfalls outlined in a review of the response to the grounding of cargo vessel Rena.
Cargo vessel MV Rena struck a reef off New Zealand in October 2011, spilling about 2,000 barrels of oil into the Bay of Plenty. An independent review of the government's response to the incident found room for improvement in training, cross-agency collaboration and the level of community engagement.
MNZ Director Manch said he welcomed the review and the $1.6 million in funding to improve maritime response capability. He recognized response flaws in what he said was an unprecedented incident but said the overall reaction was effective.
"The response minimized the risks to wildlife and achieved a high quality, world class clean-up," he said in a statement.
Nearly 8,000 volunteers removed more than 1,000 tons of oily waste from New Zealand shores during the response.
Daina Shipping Co., the ship's owner, entered a guilty plea to charges related to the discharge of harmful substances. The New Zealand government in 2012 reached a $22.8 million settlement with the company regarding the incident.