The World Discoverer was a cruise ship designed for and built by Schichau Unterweser, Germany in 1974. Originally named BEWA Discoverer, the ship was completed in Bremerhaven, Germany.
On Sunday April 30, 2000 at 4:00 pm local time (0500 GMT), the ship struck a large uncharted rock or reef on the Sandfly Passage, Solomon Islands. The captain sent a distress signal, which was received by Solomon Islands capital Honiara. A passenger ferry was dispatched to the ship where all passengers were then transported to safety. The captain then brought the ship into Roderick Bay after the ship began to list 20 degrees and grounded the ship to avoid sinking. After underwater surveying of the ship, the World Discoverer was declared a “Constructive Loss”. The ship has remained in Roderick Bay ever since. There were no reports of any oil, petroleum or other pollutant spills were reported as a result of the impact.
Michael Lomax, President of Society Expeditions, congratulated the captain and their crew for their heroic and professional actions saying that they performed in an “exemplary manner” during the crisis. The ship was scheduled to have its annual dry-dock inspection on May 11 when annual maintenance work would have been completed. Also planned were the addition of two additional suites on the boat deck and also the installation of a new fire protection system throughout the ship.