The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa) reported that, during a supervision tour, personnel of the unit detected small spots and traces of iridescence of hydrocarbons in the zone where the "Los Llanitos" was being grounded in Punta Graham, Jalisco, since October 23, 2015, following the passage of Hurricane Patricia. Onspectors approached the site by sea to verify the physical conditions and perceived a smell of hydrocarbon, which turned out to be remnants of the fuels that remained in tanks in spite of the cleaning work done to the ship.
The structure of the wreck has severe structural damage and showed intense movements by the waves that hit it, posing a risk of breaking of the hull. No presence of hydrocarbons was observed on the beaches near the wrecksite.
After the inspection, Profepa determined the urgency to install barriers of absorption and containment of hydrocarbons and asked the Port Captaincy of Manzanillo to order the company responsible to carry out the pertinent actions to implement the immediate preventive measures to avoid that the remains of hydrocarbons that still were inside the ship may spill into the sea.
Spanish reports with photos and video:
On July 12, 2017, at 1.18 a.m. the "Kea Trader", enroute from Papeete to Noumea, where she was expected that morning, ran onto the Durand reefs in pos. in position 22 02 S 168 38 E, around 50 miles SE of the island of Maré in the Loyauté archipelago. An assessment and response team was hoisted onto the ship by a Puma helicopter of the Armed Forces of New Caledonia. The team was composed of four civilian and military maritime expert.
The ship was hard aground, but stable on the reef. No pollutants were detected at this stage and the crew of 18 remained safe on board.
The shipowner has been called upon to present a salvage plan to put an end to any risk of danger to persons or the environment. An team of salvage experts from Australia was called to assess the situation and salvage options which would take a few days.
French reports with photos: