Thorco ship runs aground

Initial checks by French armed forces suggest there has been no pollution from a severe grounding of a general cargo ship off an atoll in French Polynesia.

The Thorco Lineage ran aground yesterday morning en route to Tasmania from the US. The crew remain onboard and a plane and a helicopter have been deployed to assess the situation. A salvor has yet to be appointed.

The ship ran aground on the northern shore of Raroia Atoll, located 740 km northeast of Tahiti.

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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