The Kea Trader
NOUMEA, New Caledonia (Dec. 14, 2017) – Ardent continues operations on the Kea Trader, despite the vessel’s broken hull.
“Ardent’s two paramount focuses have always been the protection of the environment and the safeguarding of our client’s interests. Despite the vessel breaking apart from the continuous impact of the elements, we detected no environmental damage. Most of the containers have been safely discharged and we remain confident that we can continue to minimize secondary effects of the wreck,” said Jan Polderman, Ardent Salvage Master.
The Kea Trader ran aground in New Caledonia on July 12th, and Ardent had assumed salvage activities with a high emphasis towards environmental effects of the grounded vessel.
On Nov. 12, the vessel broke in two from continuous impact of the elements.
Our salvage crews worked on board of the Kea Trader until the last minute to ensure that the cargo was neither further damaged from the break-up, but also that the cargo and fuel would not cause an environmental disaster.
A contracted Bell helicopter lifted the remainder of the salvage crew to safety when they could stay no longer.
“We had just achieved our ISO 14001 accreditation last quarter for Environmental Management. We would have never thought that we would be put to the test so soon. However we are pleased to see that our processes and procedures work as designed, for the greater good,” said Peter Pietka, Ardent CEO.