Lomar concedes brand new boxship aground off New Caledonia will have to be scrapped

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.

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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