The Funing drifted to the edge of the channel at the base of Mauao after its engines failed about 12.30 am this morning.
The vessel is believed to have made contact with a marker buoy in the channel so divers are on the way to check the Funing’s propeller and rudder before any attempt is made to restart its engines.
The ship’s hull is understood to be intact and there is no pollution. About 20 crew members and two Port of Tauranga pilots remain on board and there are no reported injuries.
The ship is being held by two anchors and two Port of Tauranga tug boats are in attendance. Weather and sea conditions are improving.
Shipping remains suspended at Port of Tauranga and updates will follow as further information becomes available.