Lomar Shipping, l’armateur du Kea Trader, qui s’est échoué le 12 juillet 2017 sur le récif Durand, en Nouvelle-Calédonie, a annoncé le lauréat de l’appel d’offres qu’il a lancé pour l’enlèvement de l’épave. Il s’agit du groupe chinois Shanghai Salvage Company.
Ci-dessous le communiqué diffusé ce 5 mars par Lomar :
London, 5th March 2018: Following a comprehensive four-month competitive tender process, Shanghai Salvage Company (SSC) has been chosen to safely remove the Kea Trader from a rock reef near New Caledonia in the south Pacific.
SSC is a globally recognised marine salvage and wreck removal company with over 60 years of services to the marine and offshore industry.
With detailed methodology for the recovery operation having been approved by the authorities last month, the contract has been concluded.
SSC expects to have resources on site within 30 days prior to an exchange of responsibilities with Ardent (the salvor which is presently undertaking cargo removal and anti-pollution operations) to ensure the safeguards to the environment currently in place are maintained during the transition and as the new phase begins.
A 2,194-TEU capacity container ship, the Kea Trader was delivered in January 2017. The 25,293mt deadweight vessel is registered in Valletta, Malta. She had been sailing from Papeete, in French Polynesia, to Nouméa in New Caledonia, loaded with 756 container units and a further 26 flat-racks, when she ran aground on July 12.