Lomar Shipping has conceded that its brand new 2,194 teu Kea Trader boxship will have to be scrapped. The vessel, delivered from a yard in China earlier this year, ran aground on a reef off New Caledonia nearly in July. Buffeted by fierce weather the ship’s structural condition has since deteriorated dramatically.
“[A]s a result of the vessel’s continuing deterioration, the company has regrettably had to agree with its H&M insurer that the vessel cannot be repaired and will need to be recycled,” Lomar stated in a release.
More than two-thirds of the 756 containers onboard have now been removed from the Kea Trader. Most were removed by a specialist Sikorsky Skycrane heavy lift helicopter, which has since been demobilised and left site.
Salvage firm Ardent has been progressing multiple plans for re-floating the Kea Trader from the Durand Reefs. However, continued poor winter weather conditions had slowed this work during September, with a significant storm in the South Pacific resulting in crew and the majority of salvage workers being taken off the vessel as a precaution for a second time since its grounding.