New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) was faced with the task of getting rid of a dead 14-metre whale which containership Lexa Maersk (IMO 9190767) brought into Tauranga Harbour on her bow. DOC staff worked with Maori tribe Tauranga Moana iwi to remove what was believed to be a Bryde’s whale, from the vessel’s bulbous bow. The 4,041 teu vessel had arrived from Brisbane; it is not known where it met the whale.
DOC staff removed the carcass from the ship late on October 4th and secured it in a safe location in Tauranga Harbour overnight.
Bryde’s whales are considered common in New Zealand waters, where they feed on schooling fish and krill. They reach 12-15 metres in length and a weight of 13 to 22 tons.
2001-built, Denmark-flagged, 50,688 gt Lexa Maersk is owned and managed by Maersk Line AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Britannia P&I Club on behalf of Maersk Line AS.