SHANGHAI Salvage Company was chosen to remove the wrecked Kea Trader from a rock reef off New Caledonia.
A Lomar Shipping spokesperson said SSC was chosen after a comprehensive four-month competitive tender process.
“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,” the spokesperson said.
“SSC is a globally recognised marine salvage and wreck removal company with over 60 years of services to the marine and offshore industry.”
The 2194-TEU capacity Maltese-flagged Kea Trader grounded in early July while on a voyage from Papeete in French Polynesia to Nouméa in New Caledonia, loaded with 756 container units and a further 26 flat-racks.
Salvage works were hampered by heavy weather in February.