Posted on February 13, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Hong Kong-flagged Bulk Carrier, Solomon Trader, was grounded after hitting a reef in the Solomon Islands.
The incident occurred in Kangava Bay off Renel Island, in the evening of February the 4th.
The vessel, which was anchored in the bay at the time, had been loading bauxite from a nearby mine since late January.
Reportedly, due to the rough weather in the area, the ship ran aground after being pushed onto a nearby reef.
Due to the aforementioned weather conditions, local government authorities have been unable to head out to the ship in order to assess the damage.
So far, no oil pollution has been spotted in the area, but local environmental groups believe that the reef has been significantly damaged in the process.
They claim that this latest event aggravates the damage that has already been caused to the local ecosystem, which is mostly attributed to bauxite spillage in the bay and coral bleaching.
"Added to the stress of acidification, high water temperatures and the result of spilt bauxite ore into the sea, which is happening a lot, this could easily wipe out that area of reef,” said Chris Bone, of OceansWatch Solomon Islands in a statement.
According to Mr. Bone, local people are concerned about the ship grounding and are pushing for action in order to remove it from the reef.