Our primary concern remains the safety of all concerned. We are continuing our normal work on the vessel to the extent that safety allows. That work includes taking on fuel and the boat will be turned around to do this. This will be done safely and with the minimum disruption.
The main engine will not be started. Three pilot boats will slowly tow the Noble Discoverer out from the quay and, assisted by the vessel’s propellers, turn it around before it returns to the same location to take on fuel.
The operation is expected to be completed in three to five hours and will be performed safely within Port Taranaki harbour.
Those on board will experience the ship’s movements but nothing substantial.
We are disappointed Greenpeace has sanctioned the unlawful trespass. Shell recognizes the right of individuals to express their point of view and continues to extend its offer of an open conversation where there is a real desire to find solutions.
Rob Jager, Chairman of Shell New Zealand.