In the morning hours of 23 June 2018, the ship was underway in the South Pacific, heading from Baltimore, US, to Hobart, Australia, when it encountered an engine trouble and ran aground on Raroia atoll.

Last year, the captain was given a suspended one-year jail sentence, while the owner company received a fine of $US 240,000. They originally appealed but now accepted the court ruling.

The captain was sentenced for failing to communicate the engine failure, local media report.

After being towed to Papeete for repairs, a special tug from the US towed the ship to South Korea.

'Thorco Lineage' was built in 2014 and has a deadweight of 16,949 tonnes.