12th July 2019
Two years on and the challenging task of removing the KEA TRADER from Durand reef in New Caledonia continues.
The KEA TRADER, a 2,194 TEU container ship was launched in January 2017 at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China. The 25,293mt deadweight vessel was registered in Valletta Malta. The vessel had been sailing from Papeete, in French Polynesia to Noumea, the capital of Noumea and was laden with 782 containers. On 12 July 2017, she ran aground on the Durand Reef, 40 miles south east from the island of Mare and 140nm from the port of Noumea, New Caledonia.
TMC Marine were appointed as Special Casualty Representatives (SCR) by Lomar Shipping and since the outset, a dedicated team of SCR’s, Naval Architects, Marine Engineers, Master Mariners and consultants have been providing advice and support.
Since April 2018 the project entered a new phase of wreck removal, being carried out by Shanghai Salvage. TMC remain on-site as Owners representatives. Grounded in an elevated position on an exposed rock in the middle of a vast ocean, the site encounters surprisingly poor weather and often-difficult sea conditions with swells that often break across the whole reef. All have combined to have a major impact on the vessel and add a unique complexity to this project.