Grounded Kea Trader Successfully Debunkered

Friday August 11, 2017

Debunkering of the grounded container ship Kea Trader is now complete, with 750 tonnes of heavy fuel oil having been removed, World Maritime News reports.

As Ship & Bunker reported, the newbuild vessel, which is owned by Lomar Shipping, ran aground on July 12 about 100 kilometres southeast of the island of Mare.

With bunkers removed, work to extract containers from the vessel is now underway.

"Good progress has been made over the last week with all of the heavy fuel oil now having been extracted from the vessel. The focus has now turned to the removal of the containers on board, however the Kea Trader is in a remote part of the Pacific, which has made and will continue to make this procedure lengthy and complex in nature," said a Lomar Shipping spokesperson.

The company has further commented that "a break in winter weather conditions last weekend allowed salvors to begin trials to remove containers using the ship's own gear (cranes)."

As Ship & Bunker has reported, Kea Trader, a 2,190 TEU capacity Chinese-built Sub Panamax box ship, is valued at $20.26 million by VesselsValue.com.