Casualties

We provide e-mail Casualty notices to our clients in order to ensure they are fully up-to-date with the newest Casualties. 

To receive such notification, please contact cargoclaims@w-e-cox.co.uk

In addition, regular updates of the latest Casualties are listed below:

Recent Casualties

Date: 20/06/2019
Type: We are able to offer a brief update in respect of progress to date: Recovery (including Salvage indemnity) We have today been advised that the vessel Owners have set up a Limitation Fund in New York. We have retained lawyers in New York to represent our clients’ interests and will report further in due course. Negotiations are ongoing in relation to counter security for cargo interests. We are actively considering any actions that may be taken in alternative jurisdictions and in this regard counter security has been obtained for all cargoes destined for Canada.
Vessel: YANTIAN EXPRESS - UPDATE 20TH JUNE 2019
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We are able to offer a brief update in respect of progress to date:

Recovery (including Salvage indemnity)

We have today been advised that the vessel Owners have set up a Limitation Fund in New York.

We have retained lawyers in New York to represent our clients’ interests and will report further in due course. Negotiations are ongoing in relation to counter security for cargo interests.

We are actively considering any actions that may be taken in alternative jurisdictions and in this regard counter security has been obtained for all cargoes destined for Canada.

LOF Salvage

Contractors have requested Lloyd’s to appoint an Arbitrator in the above case and an application and draft order of security have been submitted.

Mr Lionel Persey, QC, has been appointed accordingly.

We will keep you apprised of developments, particularly arising from any meetings of representatives.

General Average

You will appreciate that, in terms of GA, these are early days and there is unlikely to be any material progress until the LOF Salvage and PA claims are concluded.

Meanwhile, in view of the above, we would remind you that full copies of all bills of lading, including reverse sides showing terms & conditions, should be provided, together with details of any reported PA claims (including any provisionally advised/outstanding), as a matter of some urgency.

Date: 14/06/2019
Type: We have received the following new casualty report. A fire broke out on the FRONT ALTAIR following an explosion. The crew have abandoned the vessel and are understood to be safe. At the time of the incident, the vessel was at the southern end of the Strait of Hormuz, enroute from Ruwais, UAE, to Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Vessel: Casualty Notice - Front Altair - Fire
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We have received the following new casualty report.

A fire broke out on the FRONT ALTAIR following an explosion.

The crew have abandoned the vessel and are understood to be safe.

At the time of the incident, the vessel was at the southern end of the Strait of Hormuz, enroute from Ruwais, UAE, to Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

The vessel was loaded with a cargo of around 75,000MT of Naphtha at the time of the incident.

The shipowners have hired professional salvors under the Lloyd’s Standard Form of Salvage Agreement or LOF, as it is commonly known.

The above incident may give rise to salvage, general average (GA) and recovery issues.

We can assist in the complete handling of this matter including pursuing recovery for any losses suffered.

If you have insured cargo onboard any of the above vessels and would like us to assist you, we suggest that you contact us as soon as possible so that we can start taking steps to protect your interests.

As appropriate, please contact:

Australia – Robert Hammersley rhammersley@w-e-cox.com.au

USA – Charles Droll cdroll@w-e-cox.com

Hong Kong – Wendy Lee wendy@ceemis.com.hk

United Kingdom – Paul Friett cargoclaims@w-e-cox.co.uk

Singapore – Paul Sansom psansom@w-e-cox.com.sg

If this or future casualty notices should be forwarded to any of your colleagues, we would be pleased to receive their contact details and we will add them to our Client List.

Date: 29/05/2019
Type: We have learned of an incident involving the vessel KMTC HONGKONG, a Korea flag, 1998 built, 16,731 gt fully cellular container ship, while docked at Laem Chabang, having completed a voyage from Ho Chi Minh, after calling at Busan and Chinese ports.
Vessel: KMTC HONGKONG - Fire onboard
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CASUALTY NOTICE

Incident Date: 25th May 2019

Vessel: KMTC HONGKONG

IMO No. 9157753

Type: Containership

Incident: Fire onboard

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel KMTC HONGKONG, a Korea flag, 1998 built, 16,731 gt fully cellular container ship, while docked at Laem Chabang, having completed a voyage from Ho Chi Minh, after calling at Busan and Chinese ports.

On 25th May, it was reported that fire had broken out onboard in a load of cargo reported to include chemicals, which forced officials to evacuate workers and temporarily close three piers. More than 130 people were taken to hospital, some complaining of irritation to the eyes and throat, while others reported a burning sensation on the skin, although no major injuries were reported.

The fire was reported to have been contained before the end of the day.

At the weekend, the Port Authority of Thailand stated that the fire had started from a container containing calcium hypochlorite and chlorinated paraffin wax. The Authority asserted that hazardous chemicals were not declared to Thai customs. Booms have been placed around the area to prevent further chemical contamination in the sea.

Officials will be inspecting about 35 containers understood to have been damaged by the fire.

General Average has been declared and if W E Cox Claims Group may be of any assistance in arranging surveys, appointing fire experts, adjusting potential losses, providing General Average Security, or undertaking recovery action, please do not hesitate to contact us.

As appropriate, please contact:

United Kingdom – Paul Friett cargoclaims@w-e-cox.co.uk

Hong Kong – Wendy Lee wendy@ceemis.com.hk

Singapore – Paul Sansom psansom@w-e-cox.com.sg

USA – Charles Droll cdroll@w-e-cox.com

Australia – Robert Hammersley rhammersley@w-e-cox.com.au

If this or future casualty notices should be forwarded to any of your colleagues, we would be pleased to receive their contact details and we will add them to our Client List.

Date: 16/05/2019
Type: We have received notification that there has been a fire onboard the above-mentioned vessel today while she was off the island of Cabrera, south of Mallorca. The vessel was enroute from Salerno to Valencia with a significant number of cars onboard.
Vessel: GRANDE EUROPA - Fire
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We have received notification that there has been a fire onboard the above-mentioned vessel today while she was off the island of Cabrera, south of Mallorca.

The vessel was enroute from Salerno to Valencia with a significant number of cars onboard.

Fourteen of the twenty-five crew members have been evacuated and the remaining are supporting the fire extinguishing efforts.

If you have insured cargo onboard this vessel and W E Cox Claims Group may be of assistance in any way, including provision of Salvage and/or General Average securities, arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses or undertaking recovery action, please do not hesitate to contact us.

As appropriate, please contact:

Australia – Robert Hammersley rhammersley@w-e-cox.com.au

USA – Charles Droll cdroll@w-e-cox.com

Hong Kong – Wendy Lee wendy@ceemis.com.hk

United Kingdom – Paul Friett cargoclaims@w-e-cox.co.uk

Singapore – Paul Sansom psansom@w-e-cox.com.sg

If this or future casualty notices should be forwarded to any of your colleagues, we would be pleased to receive their contact details and we will add them to our Client List.

Date: 15/04/2019
Type: Dear All, Please be advised Hapag Lloyd, ship owners, have provided an update with regard to the YANTIAN EXPRESS, stating the vessel is due to reload containers that were originally unloaded at Freeport today, 12th April 2019. They have stated she is to sail at the end of April / May, if confirmed seaworthy, from Freeport with the remaining cargo onboard. Of course, this is entirely dependent on the vessel passing class survey. Cargo owners who have LCL, less than container load, containers will not be able to have their goods released until all cargo owners of goods in said LCL container have issued guarantees. If any cargo owners / insurers have interests in LCL shipments the most timely approach to have goods released is to pressure their contracted carrier to issue a guarantee on behalf of the entire container. This is all the information with which we have been provided. We shall not fail to keep you notified of any further developments.
Vessel: YANTIAN EXPRESS - UPDATE 12TH APRIL 2019
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Dear All,

Please be advised Hapag Lloyd, ship owners, have provided an update with regard to the YANTIAN EXPRESS, stating the vessel is due to reload containers that were originally unloaded at Freeport today, 12th April 2019.

They have stated she is to sail at the end of April / May, if confirmed seaworthy, from Freeport with the remaining cargo onboard. Of course, this is entirely dependent on the vessel passing class survey.

Cargo owners who have LCL, less than container load, containers will not be able to have their goods released until all cargo owners of goods in said LCL container have issued guarantees. If any cargo owners / insurers have interests in LCL shipments the most timely approach to have goods released is to pressure their contracted carrier to issue a guarantee on behalf of the entire container.

This is all the information with which we have been provided. We shall not fail to keep you notified of any further developments.

Date: 20/03/2019
Type: Further to our initial Casualty Advice, W.E. Cox Claims Group have been instructed on behalf of a number of cargo interests and are in contact with General Average Adjusters who have recently advised that the Vessel is at anchorage off of China and will shortly be allowed to discharge cargo at Shanghai before proceeding to continue her voyage. As a result of the General Average declaration, security will be required prior to arrival at destination ports in order to obtain release of sound cargoes and advance notice will be required to arrange survey of potentially damaged cargoes. W.E. Cox Claims Group are working closely with the General Average Adjuster and General Average Surveyor to fulfil the Vessel Owners requirements and minimise disruption to cargo interests. In this regard, if you require any assistance in in arranging surveys, appointing fire experts, adjusting potential losses, providing General Average Security, or undertaking recovery action please do not hesitate to contact us. As appropriate, please contact: United Kingdom – Paul Friett cargoclaims@w-e-cox.co.uk Hong Kong – Wendy Lee wendy@ceemis.com.hk Singapore – Paul Sansom psansom@w-e-cox.com.sg USA – Charles Droll cdroll@w-e-cox.com Australia – Robert Hammersley rhammersley@w-e-cox.com.au If this or future casualty notices should be forwarded to any of your colleagues, we would be pleased to receive their contact details and we will add them to our Client List.
Vessel: E.R. KOBE - Update - General Average
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Further to our initial Casualty Advice, W.E. Cox Claims Group have been instructed on behalf of a number of cargo interests and are in contact with General Average Adjusters who have recently advised that the Vessel is at anchorage off of China and will shortly be allowed to discharge cargo at Shanghai before proceeding to continue her voyage.

As a result of the General Average declaration, security will be required prior to arrival at destination ports in order to obtain release of sound cargoes and advance notice will be required to arrange survey of potentially damaged cargoes. W.E. Cox Claims Group are working closely with the General Average Adjuster and General Average Surveyor to fulfil the Vessel Owners requirements and minimise disruption to cargo interests.

In this regard, if you require any assistance in in arranging surveys, appointing fire experts, adjusting potential losses, providing General Average Security, or undertaking recovery action please do not hesitate to contact us. As appropriate, please contact:

United Kingdom – Paul Friett cargoclaims@w-e-cox.co.uk

Hong Kong – Wendy Lee wendy@ceemis.com.hk

Singapore – Paul Sansom psansom@w-e-cox.com.sg

USA – Charles Droll cdroll@w-e-cox.com

Australia – Robert Hammersley rhammersley@w-e-cox.com.au

If this or future casualty notices should be forwarded to any of your colleagues, we would be pleased to receive their contact details and we will add them to our Client List.

Date: 11/03/2019
Type: We have learned of an incident involving the vessel “GRANDE AMERICA”, a 1997 built 27,965gt Vehicle Carrier with container capacity which caught fire some 263 kilometres south-west of Pointe de Penmarc’h, France 10th March 2019.
Vessel: CASUALTY NOTICE - GRANDE AMERICA - FIRE
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We have learned of an incident involving the vessel “GRANDE AMERICA”, a 1997 built 27,965gt Vehicle Carrier with container capacity which caught fire some 263 kilometres south-west of Pointe de Penmarc’h, France 10th March 2019.

It is understood that the Vessel was carrying cars from Germany to Morocco when a fire started in the container section of the Vessel. All crew have been evacuated and have been recued by Royal Navy Frigate HMS ARGYLL.

The fire continues to burn and weather conditions are hampering efforts to rescue the Vessel.

W E Cox Claims Group are actively investigating the incident and if we can be of any assistance in arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses, providing Salvage and/or General Average Security, or undertaking recovery action please do not hesitate to contact us.

Date: 08/03/2019
Type: We have learned of an incident involving the vessel E R KOBE, a Liberia flag, 2001 built, 66,058 gt fully cellular container ship, during a voyage from Port Klang, Malaysia to Hong Kong and China, having also called at Singapore and Vietnam.
Vessel: CASUALTY ADVICE - E R KOBE - fire onboard
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We have learned of an incident involving the vessel E R KOBE, a Liberia flag, 2001 built, 66,058 gt fully cellular container ship, during a voyage from Port Klang, Malaysia to Hong Kong and China, having also called at Singapore and Vietnam.

E R KOBE suffered a fire on board during her approach into Shanghai on 1st March 2019, following reports of an earlier fire incident causing damage to 15 containers at Hong Kong on 20th February.

It is understood that Salvors have been engaged under Lloyd's Open Form and that General Average has been declared. Albatross Adjusters are appointed to collect GA security, which is expected to incorporate LOF Salvage security.

A fire expert has been retained so that investigations can begin into causation and extent of the fire.

W E Cox Claims Group are already instructed in respect of part cargo and, if we may be of any assistance in arranging surveys, appointing fire experts, adjusting potential losses, providing Salvage and/or General Average Security, or undertaking recovery action please do not hesitate to contact us.

As appropriate, please contact:

United Kingdom – Paul Friett cargoclaims@w-e-cox.co.uk

Hong Kong – Wendy Lee wendy@ceemis.com.hk

Singapore – Paul Sansom psansom@w-e-cox.com.sg

USA – Charles Droll cdroll@w-e-cox.com

Australia – Robert Hammersley rhammersley@w-e-cox.com.au

If this or future casualty notices should be forwarded to any of your colleagues, we would be pleased to receive their contact details and we will add them to our Client List.

Date: 04/03/2019
Type: We have learned of an incident involving a collision between the vessels SAFMARINE NOKWANDA and TIANJIN, while berthing at Busan Container Terminal. SAFMARINE NOKWANDA, IMO 9294393, is a Hong Kong flag, 2005 built, 50,624gt fully cellular containership, which was technically underway. She has a 5,057 TEU nominal capacity and is owned by Maersk Line A/S (Safmarine A/S).Following the collision, despite sustaining damages including a breached bow, the vessel continued her voyage, arriving at Shanghai today, 4th March 2019. TIANJIN, IMO 9398462, is a Liberia flag, 2010 built, 114,044gt fully cellular containership, owned by ZIM. At the time of the collision, the vessel was moored. As a result of being struck by SAFMARINE NOKWANDA, TIANJIN suffered structural damage to her stern, as well as incurring serious cargo damages, with a number of containers crushed and collapsed. Notwithstanding, TIANJIN set sail late last night, 3rd March 2019, bound for Balboa, Panama.
Vessel: Casualty Notice - Safmarine Nokwanda / Tianjin - Collision
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We have learned of an incident involving a collision between the vessels SAFMARINE NOKWANDA and TIANJIN, while berthing at Busan Container Terminal.
SAFMARINE NOKWANDA, IMO 9294393, is a Hong Kong flag, 2005 built, 50,624gt fully cellular containership, which was technically underway. She has a 5,057 TEU nominal capacity and is owned by Maersk Line A/S (Safmarine A/S). Following the collision, despite sustaining damages including a breached bow, the vessel continued her voyage, arriving at Shanghai today, 4th March 2019.
TIANJIN, IMO 9398462, is a Liberia flag, 2010 built, 114,044gt fully cellular containership, owned by ZIM. At the time of the collision, the vessel was moored. As a result of being struck by SAFMARINE NOKWANDA, TIANJIN suffered structural damage to her stern, as well as incurring serious cargo damages, with a number of containers crushed and collapsed. Notwithstanding, TIANJIN set sail late last night, 3rd March 2019, bound for Balboa, Panama.
If W.E. Cox Claims Group can be of assistance in arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses or undertaking recovery please do not hesitate to contact us. As appropriate, please contact:
United Kingdom – Paul Friett cargoclaims@w-e-cox.co.uk
Hong Kong – Wendy Lee wendy@ceemis.com.hk
Singapore – Paul Sansom psansom@w-e-cox.com.sg
USA – Charles Droll cdroll@w-e-cox.com
Australia – Robert Hammersley rhammersley@w-e-cox.com.au
If this or future casualty notices should be forwarded to any of your colleagues, we would be pleased to receive their contact details and we will add them to our Client List.

We have learned of an incident involving a collision between the vessels SAFMARINE NOKWANDA and TIANJIN, while berthing at Busan Container Terminal.

SAFMARINE NOKWANDA, IMO 9294393, is a Hong Kong flag, 2005 built, 50,624gt fully cellular containership, which was technically underway. She has a 5,057 TEU nominal capacity and is owned by Maersk Line A/S (Safmarine A/S). Following the collision, despite sustaining damages including a breached bow, the vessel continued her voyage, arriving at Shanghai today, 4th March 2019.

TIANJIN, IMO 9398462, is a Liberia flag, 2010 built, 114,044gt fully cellular containership, owned by ZIM. At the time of the collision, the vessel was moored. As a result of being struck by SAFMARINE NOKWANDA, TIANJIN suffered structural damage to her stern, as well as incurring serious cargo damages, with a number of containers crushed and collapsed. Notwithstanding, TIANJIN set sail late last night, 3rd March 2019, bound for Balboa, Panama.

If W.E. Cox Claims Group can be of assistance in arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses or undertaking recovery please do not hesitate to contact us. As appropriate, please contact:

United Kingdom – Paul Friett cargoclaims@w-e-cox.co.uk
Hong Kong – Wendy Lee wendy@ceemis.com.hk
Singapore – Paul Sansom psansom@w-e-cox.com.sg
USA – Charles Droll cdroll@w-e-cox.com
Australia – Robert Hammersley rhammersley@w-e-cox.com.au

If this or future casualty notices should be forwarded to any of your colleagues, we would be pleased to receive their contact details and we will add them to our Client List.

Date: 14/02/2019
Type: Further to our previous casualty advice, the APL VANCOUVER is now enroute to Singapore for inspection. We are already representing a significant quantity of cargo and have the following surveyors standing by ready to carry out surveys:
Vessel: Casualty Update 2 - APL VANCOUVER
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CASUALTY UPDATE

Incident Date: 31st January 2019

Vessel: APL VANCOUVER

IMO No. 9597472

Type: Containership

Incident: Fire

Further to our previous casualty advice, the APL VANCOUVER is now enroute to Singapore for inspection. We are already representing a significant quantity of cargo and have the following surveyors standing by ready to carry out surveys:

CWH Johnsons international

133 New Bridge Road
17-01/02 Chinatown Point
Singapore 059413

Tel: +65 6438 3375
Email: Surveys@cwhji.com

If W E Cox Claims Group can be of any assistance in arranging surveys, appointing fire experts, adjusting potential losses, providing Salvage and/or General Average Security, or undertaking recovery action please do not hesitate to contact us.

As appropriate, please contact:

United Kingdom – Paul Friett cargoclaims@w-e-cox.co.uk
Hong Kong – Wendy Lee wendy@ceemis.com.hk
Singapore – Paul Sansom psansom@w-e-cox.com.sg
USA – Charles Droll cdroll@w-e-cox.com
Australia – Robert Hammersley rhammersley@w-e-cox.com.au


If this or future casualty notices should be forwarded to any of your colleagues, we would be pleased to receive their contact details and we will add them to our Client List.