The Anadarko oil drilling ship Noble Bob Douglas has failed to show up at its intended drill site more than 100 nautical miles off the Raglan Coast.
Meanwhile the Oil-Free Seas Flotilla, made up of six vessels launched from around New Zealand, waits to engage with the ship and hamper its efforts to begin exploration.
It's a delay to what will potentially be a law-breaking protest, with sources confirming that some of the boat owners intend to flout the government's new law around protesting at sea, now known as the 'Anadarko amendment'.
Land Information New Zealand Notices to Mariners Edition 23, dated November 8, 2013 says: 'On or about 15 November 2013 until 14 February 2014 drilling operations will be performed by drillship Noble Bob Douglas'.
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This Saturday, New Zealanders are being asked to show their support for the flotilla by making a banner and going to their favourite west coast beach. More detail can be found at banners.getfree.org.nz.