There is still no word what caused the container ship Kea Trader to run on to a reef off New Caledonia last week. more…
There is still no word what caused the container ship Kea Trader to run on to a reef off New Caledonia last week.
Rescue efforts were underway to salvage the brand new 200-metre long Kea Trader that ran on to the Durand Reef about 100 kilometres southeast of the island of Mare.
An investigation has been launched into the incident, which happened at night.
The WWF’s Marc Oremus has told the news agency AFP the situation was mind-boggling and must have been the result of human error because the reef was well-marked on shipping maps.
The vessel was on its way from Papeete in French Polynesia to Noumea.
New Caledonia’s daily newspaper said 11 experts from the salvage company Ardent were onboard the brand new Malta-flagged ship.
A tug boat has been sent from the French navy base with anti-pollution equipment although first reports said there was no fuel leaking from the double-hulled ship.
The 700-tonnes of fuel in the ship’s tanks were expected to be pumped out.
The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation had reportedly been contacted to help ensure a spill would be avoided.
Equipment had been flown in from Australia and more was due from Singapore.
The Kea Trader was built in China this year and its owner is the international company Lomar.