Lomar’s grounded boxship splits in two off New Caledonia

Lomar Shipping’s brand new 2,194 teu Kea Trader boxship has split in two on a reef off New Caledonia.

The vessel, delivered from a yard in China earlier this year, ran aground on July 12 after hitting the Durand Reefs, near New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean.

Buffeted by fierce weather the ship’s structural condition deteriorated dramatically making salvage work very difficult.

All fuel had been siphoned off the ship and most of the containers had been offloaded. However, local media report a few boxes have been seen floating near the wrecked vessel.

Last month, Lomar Shipping had already conceded that the boxship will have to be scrapped.

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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