PHOTOS: One Year After Grounding, Kea Trader Salvage Continues in South Pacific

It's been one year now since the 2,194 TEU capacity containership Kea Trader ran aground on a reef in the South Pacific, setting off one of the more complex container ship salvages since the 2011 grounding of the MV Rena in New Zealand. The MV Kea Trader was only half a year old when she grounded on 12 July 2017, during a voyage from Papeete, in French Polynesia, to Nouméa … [Read more...]

Salvage Crews Getting Ready to Remove Kea Trader Wreck in South Pacific

Shanghai Salvage Company has started moving personnel and resources to New Caledonia to carry out the final removal of the stricken cargo ship Kea Trader from a reef now eight months after its initial grounding, the shipowner Lomar Shipping said in an update Tuesday.  In addition to mobilizing assets, Shanghai Salvage has now started the handover from Ardent to ensure … [Read more...]

Kea Trader Wreck Hit by Two Cyclones, Causing Shift on Reef

Two powerful cyclones within a month have caused the further deterioration of the wreck of the wreck of the Kea Trader off New Caledonia in the South Pacific, further complicating the salvage, the owner of the vessel said Monday. Over the weekend, the wreck site was hit with its second cyclone, Cyclone Hola, just three weeks after it was also hit by Cyclone Gita. In … [Read more...]

Shanghai Salvage Awarded Contract to Kea Trader from Durand Reef

After a four-month tender process, Shanghai Salvage Company has been awarded the contract to remove the stricken cargo ship Kea Trader from a reef near New Caledonia in the South Pacific, the shipowner Lomar Shipping has announced. Shanghai Salvage is a marine salvage and wreck removal company with over 60 years of services to the marine and offshore industry. The 2,194 … [Read more...]

Salvors Forging Ahead with Kea Trader Salvage

Marine salvage group Ardent is continuing operations on the Kea Trader, despite the vessel’s broken hull. The 2017-built Kea Trader ran aground in New Caledonia on July 12, just a few months after entering service. Ardent had assumed the salvage with a high emphasis towards environmental effects of the grounded vessel. The owner of the Kea Trader, Lomar Shipping, declared … [Read more...]