Lomar, owner of containership Kea Trader (IMO 9701281), which has been grounded in New Caledonia for seven months, has launched an international tender to remove the wreck.
An examination of the offers was in progress and will be completed by the end of January, before being presented to the State. Operations aboard Kea Trader remain heavily dependent on weather conditions. A rising swell which turned from South-East to South-West has prevented the work of teams on board in recent days. The reinforced swell also modified the orientation of the bow of the ship, but no signs of pollution have been detected as a result.
The process of systematic landing of cargo has continued, with two more containers landed on the barge “Hibiscus”, bringing down to 97 the number of containers remaining on board. Elements likely to constitute floating debris were gradually being removed. The accommodation block has been almost entirely emptied. The dismantling work on false ceilings and partitions has also begun.