Grounded container feeder Kea Trader breaks apart
Kea Trader had run aground on the Durand Reef off the South Pacific island of of New Caledonia, a special collecivity of France, on July 12, 2017.
The 2,194 TEU containership was sailing from Papeete in French Polynesia to Noumea in New Caledonia, with 756 containers onboard.
By November, 2017 rough waves had widened breaches in the grounded vessel, before it broke in half.
Nine salvors were on board preparing for a refloat attempt, and they were evacuated by helicopter according to Captain Amaury Bullier of the Forces Armées de la Nouvelle-Calédonie
Ardent Global has removed the containers from the Kea Trader, and said that the salvage of the Kea Trader is the largest salvage operation of 2017 so far. ■