Progress continuing at the Port of Devonport

The EPA Incident Management Team continues to work with TasPorts, MAST and other government agencies on the Mersey River.

The overall operation will be a long and slow process, however work to safely contain and collect oil quickly is being achieved.

Three oil skimmers are now in operation.

Current objectives for the EPA include removal of contained fuel inside the boom where the tugs are located and establishing the extent of the spill.

Beyond the boom area the EPA is on the ground mapping where oil and diesel have spread.

Teams have also been deployed to survey the surrounding marine environment and shoreline for incidental clean up and scoping.

Diesel on mudflats and the shoreline is expected to evaporate over coming days.  Mapping will help monitor longer-term environmental effects.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania has deployed a specialist oiled wildlife response team, including a veterinarian, as part of the response to the incident in the Mersey River.

The team is monitoring shorelines up and down-stream from the incident site and is ready to respond to any impacted wildlife if observed or reported.

Penguin colonies to the west of the Mersey River mouth at Don Heads and Lillico have been assessed, with no evidence of oil material or impacted birds observed at those locations.

Any sightings of injured or oiled wildlife can be reported to the Marine Conservation Program (MCP) on 0427 942 537.

Please see our Incident Response​ page for updates.​

Published on: 31/01/2022