16 Sep 2017

Removal of ship from New Caledonia reef nearly complete

7:17 am on 16 September 2017

The removal of containers off the stranded ship Kea Trader near New Caledonia is almost complete.

The Kea Trader

The Kea Trader Photo: AFP

The vessel ran onto Durand Reef near the island of Mare two months ago on its voyage from French Polynesia to Noumea.

Last month, more than half a million litres of fuel had been pumped out of its tanks, averting the risk of a spillage.

Once the cargo is offloaded an attempt will be made to refloat the brand new vessel.

The accident affected a large number of businesses because supplies failed to arrive on schedule.

It is yet to be established why the ship hit the reef.