Kea Trader removal process moves into gear

Following a four-month competitive tender process, Shanghai Salvage Company (SSC) has been chosen to remove the Kea Trader boxship from a rock reef near New Caledonia in the south Pacific.

SSC expects to have resources on site within 30 days prior to an exchange of responsibilities with Ardent, the salvor which is presently undertaking cargo removal and anti-pollution operations.

A 2,194 teu capacity containership, the Kea Trader was delivered to Lomar Shipping in January 2017. It had been sailing from Papeete, in French Polynesia, to Nouméa in New Caledonia, loaded with 756 container units and a further 26 flat-racks, when it ran aground on July 12.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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