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Airport fuel crisis: Defence Force called in to help shortage at Auckland Airport

by September 18, 2017 General

Government agencies have been called into help lessen the disruption from the damaged Marsden Point pipeline.

Energy and resources minister Judith Collins said the biggest concern was around the lack of aviation supplies.

There was no issue around a shortage of fuel for motorists at the stage, she said.

Collins said most flights were going ahead, but some airlines had reduced schedules for the next week due to the fuel shortage.


The Defence Force had been tasked with using the naval tanker HMNZS Endeavour to move diesel fuel from Marsden Point to other parts of the country.

To do this, the Defence Force had cancelled a major exercise in Singapore to save fuel and was providing up to 20 additional tanker drivers to assist local operators.

The government was also trying to get more tankers on the road who could deliver fuel to Auckland and this included easing regulations around hours of work or weight restrictions.

Collins wanted to reassure passengers who had their travel plans disrupted that they were doing everything they could to get the pipeline fixed, but expected it would take at least a week.

“It’s been made very clear to all of those working on this that the Government will commit whatever resources and effort are required to get this sorted out as quickly as possible with a minimum disruption.”