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: 01/02/2018
Type: FULLY CELLULAR CONTAINERSHIP
Vessel: MOL PRESTIGE
Location: 207 nautical miles off the Canadian coast

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel “MOL PRESTIGE”, a 2006 built 71,902gt fully cellular containership.


It is understood that the Vessel is adrift approximately 207 nautical miles off the Canadian coast following an engine room fire that resulted in injury to crew members and loss of power. It is understood that Vessel owners have contracted with Salvors in order to have the Vessel returned to Port. It is unclear at this stage the extent of the damage to the Vessel or whether Salvage/General Average will be declared.

The Vessel had previously called at the USA and was scheduled to sail to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

If you are aware of any involvement in this casualty 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:

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: 09/01/2018
Type: Fully Cellular Container ship
Vessel: HANSA MEERSBURG
Location: Keelung port, Taiwan

We have been instructed by cargo interests to investigate an incident involving the vessel “HANSA MEERSBURG”, a 23,388GT fully cellular containership.


It is understood that the Vessel allided with berth no.11 at Keelung port, Taiwan, January 8th. As a result of the allision, gantry crane no. 112 collapsed, causing significant damage to containers both on board the Vessel and on the dock side.

We understand that, due to health and safety concerns, it is not possible to inspect the damage at this time. However, once the collapsed crane has been removed, damaged containers will be moved to a safe location for joint inspections.

If you are aware of any involvement in this casualty and W E Cox Claims Group may be of assistance in any way, including arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses or undertaking recovery action, please do not hesitate to contact us.

To assist you in determining your involvement we have pleasure in attaching hereto a pdf document detailing the containers known to be affected at this stage.

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: 06/01/2018
Type: Crude Oil Tanker / Bulk Carrier
Vessel: SANCHI / CF CRYSTAL
Location: Yangtze River

We have learned of an incident involving a collision between the vessels SANCHI and CF CRYSTAL, while navigating the mouth of the Yangtze River.

SANCHI is a Panama flag, 2008 built, 85,462gt crude oil tanker, on a voyage from New Mangalore to Daesan, having also called at Asaluyeh. She was laden with 136,000 MT fuel oil. Following the collision, SANCHI caught fire and all 32 crew were reported missing. Several maritime police vessels, two rescue boats and three professional cleaning ships were dispatched to the area. The Shanghai Fire Department sent experts to help battle the flames, and the South Korean Marine Police Agency deployed a marine police ship and a fixed-wing aircraft to assist with the search and rescue effort.

CF CRYSTAL is Hong Kong flag, 2011built, 41,073gt bulk carrier, laden with 64,000MT grain, on a voyage from Astoria to Machong. The vessel was taken to Busan but is now underway to complete her voyage.

If W.E. Cox Claims Group can be of assistance in providing guarantees, 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: 08/12/2017
Type: General Cargo
Vessel: INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGER
Location: Congo River, Angola

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGER, a Portugal flag, 2000 built, 7,252gt general cargo ship, carrying logs and containerised cargo to Angola and Chittagong.

The vessel was reported to have run aground in the Congo River in Angola. Smit Salvage have been contracted under Lloyd's Open Form and Stichling Hahn Hilbrich GmbH appointed Average Adjusters.

If you are aware of any involvement in this casualty and W E Cox Claims Group may be of assistance in any way, including provision of GA / Salvage securities, arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses 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: 04/12/2017
Type: Bulk Carrier
Vessel: DELFA
Location: Colombo

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel DELFA, a Liberia flag, 2005 built, 31,261gt Bulk Carrier, laden with cargo of wheat, on a voyage from Chornomorsk to Chittagong.

The vessel experienced main engine problems off Colombo and shipowners contracted Tsavliris Salvage under Lloyd’s Open Form. DELFA was towed to Colombo Roads.

If you are aware of any involvement in this casualty and W E Cox Claims Group may be of assistance in any way, including provision of GA / Salvage securities, we would be pleased to hear from you. 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: 02/11/2017
Type: Container Ship
Vessel: EVER SMART
Location: 700 NM East of Japan

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel EVER SMART, a British flag, 2006 built 75,246gt fully cellular container ship on a voyage from Taipei to Los Angeles.

It is reported that the vessel lost at least 42 containers overboard, approximately 700 nautical miles East of Japan. Meteorologists had been tracking powerful, hurricane force low pressure over the North-western Pacific. EVER SMART is scheduled to arrive at destination port on 8th November.

If W.E. Cox Claims Group can be of any 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: 31/10/2017
Type: Container Ships
Vessel: POLLUX / DAL KAROO
Location: Stromkaje, Bremerhaven

We have learned of an incident involving a collision between the vessels POLLUX and DAL KAROO, while navigating the Stromkaje, Bremerhaven.

DAL KAROO is a Liberia flag, 2013 built, 71,112gt fully cellular containership, deployed by Maersk between Capetown and Rotterdam, having also called at London Gateway. She has a 6,881 TEU nominal capacity and is owned by International Maritime Enterprise. Following the collision, the vessel sailed from Bremerhaven, arriving at Rotterdam today, 1st November 2017.

POLLUX is an Antigua & Barbuda flag, 2009 built, 11,550gt fully cellular containership, deployed by Safmarine in Europe. At the time of the collision, the vessel had suffered machine failure en route from Vuosaari into Bremerhaven, where she remains as of today.

Both vessels suffered damage, and tugs were tasked to assist. If W.E. Cox Claims Group can be of assistance in providing guarantees, 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: 24/10/2017
Type: Bulk Carrier
Vessel: EVANGELIA L
Location: 1,100NM NW of Hawaii

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel EVANGELIA L, a Bahamas flag, 2015 built 23,856gt bulk carrier laden with nickel ore from Santo Toma, Guatemala, bound for Caofeidian, China.

The Vessel became immobilised in the Pacific about 1,100nm NW of Hawaii, and was unable to re-float using her own power. Salvage operations have been commenced with Five Oceans Salvage SA dispatching local tug MANUOKEKAI under the terms of Lloyd’s Open Form and upon completion of Salvage services the Vessel will be docked at Honolulu for repairs, ETA on/about 4th November.

If you are aware of any involvement in this casualty and W E Cox Claims Group may be of assistance in any way, including provision of Salvage securities, arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses 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: 21/10/2017
Type: General Cargo Ship
Vessel: ESL AFRICA
Location: Oxelösund, Sweden

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel ESL AFRICA, a Cyprus flag, 2007 built, 11,864gt general cargo vessel with container capacity, on a voyage from Norkköping to Dakar.

ESL AFRICA was reported to have run aground off Oxelösund, Sweden, laden with cargo of ammonium nitrate when she suffered engine problems off Hummelvik. The vessel had suffered a mechanical fault causing her to run aground. Authorities were alerted and dispatched divers to the scene. Divers inspected the hull and found no damage. A few hours later ESL AFRICA was refloated and proceeded under her own power back to Oxelösund. No reports of injuries or pollution were released.

If you are aware of any involvement in this casualty and W E Cox Claims Group may be of assistance in any way, including provision of securities, arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses &/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: 17/10/2017
Type: Container Ship
Vessel: X-PRESS NILE
Location: Southern Entrance Of Canakkale Strait

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel X-PRESS NILE, an Egypt flag, 2004 built, 6,434gt fully cellular containership, on a voyage from Port Said to Evyap, possibly carrying transhipment cargo to / from other global locations.

The vessel experienced engine failure at the southern entrance of Canakkale Strait at 0500 hours today. Tugs are in attendance and the vessel has been shifted to a safe location and anchored.

If you are aware of any involvement in this casualty and W E Cox Claims Group may be of assistance in any way, including provision of GA / Salvage securities, arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses 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.