Schelde Trader: Maersk boxship aground off NZ
Schelde Trader, on charter to Maersk Line ran aground in the Bay of Plenty, just three weeks after the Rena hit the Astrolabe Reef, a second container ship. Preliminary assessments indicate that a mechanical failure caused the loss of power, which then resulted in a loss of steering. The container vessel was leaving the harbour after having come in to refuel on its way from Auckland to Noumea.
The harbour passage was not a difficult route to pilot. "I wouldn't have thought it was a difficult harbour to navigate. "
Schelde Trader Reider Shipping 9264752 SCHELDE TRADER PBKZ Container Ship 8015 2003
GROSS TONNAGE 6.704 tons
SUMMER DWT 8.015 tons
BUILDER COSCO ZHOUSHAN SHIPYARD ZHOUSHAN - CHINA
CLASS SOCIETY GERMANISCHER LLOYD
MANAGER/OWNER REIDER SHIPPING WINSCHOTEN - NETHERLANDS
until 2009 May 08 MEKONG CHAIYO
until 2005 Feb 27 SCHELDE TRADER