Solomon Trader Refloated, Destined for Scrapyard

first_imgThe ill-fated bulker Solomon Trader has been successfully refloated in the Solomon Islands, Korea Protection and Indemnity Club (KP&I) said.The operation was completed on May 11, 2019, and the 73,592 dwt bulker is currently undergoing assessments.As informed, Solomon Trader remains anchored in deeper waters away from the reef where it grounded, enabling divers to assess hull damage.The Panamax bulk carrier is in a stable condition, the vessel’s protection indemnity insurer added.Once the salvage inspections, seaworthiness repairs and the cargo discharge are completed, the 1994-built bulker is planned to be towed for scrapping.KP&I and the vessel owner, King Trader, are to continue cooperation with the Solomon Islands government as shore cleaning progresses.Chartered by Bintan Mining and loaded with nearly 11,000 tons of bauxite, Solomon Trader initially grounded on a reef off Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands, near a UNESCO World Heritage site, during an unexpected gale event on February 5.The attempts to remove the vessel were hampered by the arrival of Cyclone Oma on February 10, which pushed the stricken vessel harder into the reef, resulting in engine room damage and the subsequent oil spill.Onboard power was lost and the vessel was ransacked by locals, with key equipment stolen and damaged. This impacted efforts to commence an emergency response, as explained by KP&I.The owner despatched a salvage expert to the location on February 10 to monitor the vessel’s condition. International salvage experts Resolve Marine Group were also appointed to oversee the Solomon Trader incident response.Many response experts and specialized equipment from across the globe subsequently arrived.last_img read more

Asian Games Kuwait welcomed back to Asian Games with OCA warning

first_imgJakarta: Kuwait was warned by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Saturday to stop its “world record” of government interference in sport or face being exiled for a third time.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week provisionally lifted its ban on Kuwait, allowing the Gulf state’s athletes to march under their own flag at Saturday’s Asian Games opening ceremony in Jakarta.But the IOC said that despite its “gesture of goodwill” the reasons for its original suspension remained valid.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Indonesia’s richest man Michael Bambang Hartono to participate at 78 “This is a world record for government interference in the Olympic movement, no country is like this,” OCA director general Husain Al Musallam told AFP after an executive board meeting discussed the matter in Jakarta on Saturday.“We are very happy for the Kuwait National Olympic Committee and for the athletes,” he said.“We hope this will not happen in the future and the Kuwait government will respect the road map they have agreed with the IOC to lead to fresh, clean, transparent and democratic elections based on each sport’s statutes approved by their respective international bodies.”World sports bodies led by the IOC and FIFA suspended Kuwait in October 2015 for a second time since 2010 for political interference in sport.The IOC said that in reinstating Kuwait provisionally that it “acknowledged the progress” and the “positive discussions with the Government of Kuwait”.Read More | Asian Games 2018: Schedule, Timings, When and where to watch Al Musallam said Kuwait did not have much time to prove it was trying to meet IOC requirements.“We are going to review the situation with the IOC on October 3 and 4 to see if any of the agreement has been implemented on the ground, or if there is nothing,” said Al Musallam.“We really hope this thing will be finished.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more