Maltese Boxship Grounds off New Caledonia

containership Kea Trader

The newly-built Maltese-flagged containership Kea Trader ran aground off New Caledonia, the ship’s AIS data shows.

The boxship hit the Durand Reef, some 100 kilometres southeast of the island of Mare, Radio New Zealand informed, adding that the 18 crew members on board have not been injured in the incident.

According to the ship’s vessel tracking data, Kae Trader was en route from Papeete port in French Polynesia to the Port of Noumea, New Caledonia.

The 2, 194 TEU Subpanamax boxship, constructed by China’s Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in 2017, is owned by Lomar Shipping and chartered by Seatrade Groningen as of June 7, 2017, VesselsValue data shows.

The cause of the grounding is yet to be disclosed. 

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