The 25,000 dwt container vessel Kea Trader was en route from Papeete in Tahiti to Noumea when it ran aground on the Durand Reef, off the island of Maré in the Loyalty Islands on 12 July 2017.
Following the grounding, Ardent Oceania Salvage asked us to support their recovery operation with our SEASTATES Weather Downtime Express (WDTX) service.
Ardent Oceania Salvage, a subscriber to our WDTX service, was contracted to re-float it off the exposed reef which is often subjected to harsh weather, especially long ocean swell.
Our weather downtime system was used to run a variety of scenarios with various assets to gain an understanding of the downtime which can be expected throughout the salvage. We also provided detailed metocean data for the area allowing the salvors to better understand the ocean swell and corresponding local effects of the reef.