On April 30, 2000 at 4:00 pm local time (0500 GMT) Sunday, The ship struck a large uncharted rock or reef on the Sandfly Passage, Solomon Islands. A distress signal was sent out by the captain and was received by Solomon Islands capital Honiara. A passenger ferry was dispatched to the ship where all passenger 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 are no reports of any oil or petroleum or other pollutant spills were reported as a result of the impact.
The World Discoverer still sits in Roderick Bay on Nggela Island with a 46 degree list. The closest salvage companies to try and salvage the ship station out of Australia found the ship ransacked by the locals and other factions. The Solomon Islands was undergoing civil war and was boarded with equipment taken from the ship. Further tidal activity also damaged the ship even more.