Solomon Islands | Oil leaking from shipwreck moving toward WH-listed coral reef

The owner of the wrecked bulker Solomon Trader issued its first public statement about the incident on Wednesday, more than one month after the vessel went aground on a reef in the Solomon Islands. In a joint release with the ship's insurer, Hong Kong-based shipowner King Trader said that it feels "deep remorse" for the vessel casualty, which it described as "totally unacceptable."

The previous day, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade criticized King Trader and its insurer for their alleged delay in addressing the accident. “Australia has been profoundly disappointed by the slow response of these companies, and their lack of adequate communications with and responsiveness to the Solomon Islands government,” the department wrote in a statement.

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