Hull of stranded Solomons ship breached and call for bauxite mining to be halted
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 19 February 2019
“Water has breached the hull of a ship which ran aground off the southern coast of the Solomon Islands.
“However, the director of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Loti Yates, said the vessel was not listing and there was no oil spill.
“The bulk carrier, MV Solomon Trader, hit a reef off Rennell Island two weeks ago.
“Cyclone Oma had hampered efforts to salvage the vessel, Mr Yates said.
"The boat is still on the reef and that water is coming into the engine room, which means that the hull of the ship has been breached," he said.”
In a separate report from Radio New Zealand, Mr Matthew Wale, former MP for Langalanga. Has called for bauxite mining in the province of Rennell and Bellona to be halted after the MV Solomon Trader serving the bauxite mine ran aground on a reef.
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