Kea Trader splits in half

The container ship Kea Trader, which had been struck on a reef off New Caledonia for several month, had reportedly split in half.

The Nouvelles Caledoniennes said the vessel was evacuated before it broke up yesterday.

The Kea Trader ran aground in, as yet, unexplained circumstances on the Durand Reef near Mare on a voyage from Papeete to Noumea in July.

The nearly new Maltese-flagged vessel was emptied of its fuel in subsequent weeks.

Its cargo was then offloaded in a lengthy and costly operation in the hope of refloating the nearly 200-metre long ship.

However, this failed and a month ago, it was announced that the ship would be scrapped.

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