Union to govt: keep NZ oil tankers

Union to govt: keep NZ oil tankers
Refining NZ is ceasing fuel refining operations at Marsden Point. (Image: Supplied).
Oliver Lewis
A union representing workers on New Zealand’s only locally flagged oil tankers is lobbying the government to try and retain the ships.Silver Fern Shipping operates the MT Matuku and MT Kokako, which are chartered by Coastal Oil Logistics, a joint venture between oil companies BP, Mobil and Z Energy.Last December, a BP spokesman confirmed the shareholding companies planned to terminate the joint venture by the end of 2022. Coastal Oil won’t require the ships from April when the Marsden Point refinery closes and NZ moves to an import-...

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