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: 03/07/2018
Type: We have learned of an incident involving the vessel “SAM LION”, a 2012 built 31,760gt bulk carrier loaded with 40,050 tonnes of clinker in bulk loaded at Nemrut Bay and bound for Dakar.
Vessel: NEW CASUALTY - SAM LION
Location: Santa Catalina island

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel “SAM LION”, a 2012 built 31,760gt bulk carrier loaded with 40,050 tonnes of clinker in bulk loaded at Nemrut Bay and bound for Dakar.

The Vessel ran aground in the waters of Santa Catalina island area, experiencing several leaks and unable to re-float using her own power. SAM LION was towed by Salvamento Marítimo to the Poniente dock in Ceuta, where she has been inspected by the Maritime Captaincy to verify the damages. Ballast tanks were breached and the double hull penetrated. Divers were sent down to check the cracks and evaluate the necessary repairs. In Ceuta, temporary repairs can only be undertaken to enable the ship to sail to a shipyard in Gibraltar or Algeciras. Five Oceans Salvage SA have been engaged under the terms of Lloyd’s Open Form.

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.

Best regards,

Paul Friett
Assistant Director

Date: 29/06/2018
Type: Further to our initial casualty notice, salvage services are now being rendered on LOF terms.
Vessel: CASUALTY UPDATE - THORCO LINEAGE
Location: Coast of French Polynesia

Further to our initial casualty notice in relation to the grounding of 2014 built 13,110gt, general cargo ship “THORCO LINEAGE” it is understood that salvage services are now being rendered on Lloyd’s Open Form (LOF) terms by Nippon Salvage and Smit Singapore.

We understand that the Vessel has been re-floated with initial inspection revealing significant damage to the Vessel’s hull and propeller. She is currently drifting off the coast of French Polynesia and will be towed to suitable port for repairs.

W E Cox Claims Group are actively investigating the incident and remain available to assist in any way, including provision of Salvage securities, arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses or undertaking recovery action.

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: 25/06/2018
Type: We have been advised of an incident involving the vessel “THORCO LINEAGE”, a 2014 built 13,110gt general cargo ship.
Vessel: NEW CASUALTY - THORCO LINEAGE
Location: Raroia Atoll, Frencho Polynesia

We have been advised of an incident involving the vessel “THORCO LINEAGE”, a 2014 built 13,110gt general cargo ship.

It is understood that the “THORCO LINEAGE” ran aground on northern outline of Raroia Atoll, Frencho Polynesia, in position 15 56S 142 19W, in the morning Jun 24, whilst en-route from Baltimore USA to Hobart Australia.

It is understood that salvors have not yet been appointed however the Vessel is hard aground and unlikely to be re-floated without professional assistance.

W E Cox Claims Group are actively investigating the incident and will provide further updates in due course. In the meantime 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:

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

Date: 14/06/2018
Type: Fully Cellular Containership
Vessel: NEW CASUALTY - SSL KOLKATA
Location:

Incident Date: 14th June 2018

Vessel: SSL KOLKATA

IMO No. 9346574

Type: Fully Cellular Containership

Incident: Fire

There has been a big fire on the container feeder vessel, SSL KOLKATA, earlier today. From the information received so far, we have the following understanding.

Responding to a distress call from the vessel, the Indian coastguard attended the vessel and has evacuated 22 crew members. Due to the strong winds, the fire has spread very quickly and has already engulfed 70% of the vessel.

Professional salvors have been contracted under the Lloyd’s Standard Form of Salvage Agreement (LOF) to salve the vessel and cargo.

Under LOF, salvage securities need to be provided by the salved cargo interests before it is released by the salvors. We can assist you in the handling of this matter, which normally involves provision of the salvage and GA securities, arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses, handling of the salvage claim and general average (GA) claim, pursuing recovery from the carriers, etc.

The vessel was a feeder vessel operating between Kolkata and Chennai but could have had onboard containers from anywhere in the world.

If you have insured cargo onboard this vessel, we suggest that you get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can start taking steps to protect your interests.

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

Date: 14/06/2018
Type: Bulk Cement Carrier
Vessel: NEW CASUALTY - RAYSUT II
Location: Fazayah Beach, 18 nautical miles west of Salalah port

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel “RAYSUT II”, a 1984 built 10880gt bulk dement carrier. Having previously called at Duqm, Port Sultan Qaboos and Salalah the vessel ran aground on Fazayah Beach, 18 nautical miles west of Salalah port.


It is currently unclear whether or not any damage was sustained to the vessel however, the grounding is severe enough to require the attendance of SMIT Salvage on Lloyd’s Open Form Terms. Inevitably a Savage Guarantee will be required by Lloyd’s Arbitration Branch and W E Cox are well placed to issue, and insure, any such documents. Furthermore, our casualty team has many years’ experience in negotiating salvage and defending any demands.

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: 01/06/2018
Type: We have been advised of an incident involving the vessel “YM EFFICIENCY”, a 2009 built 42,741gt fully cellular containership. It is understood that the “YM EFFICIENCY” suffered a collapse of stow en-route from China to Australia, as a result of which more than 80 containers were lost overboard and at least a further 30 containers seriously damaged on board.
Vessel: NEW CASUALTY - YM EFFICIENCY
Location:

We have been advised of an incident involving the vessel “YM EFFICIENCY”, a 2009 built 42,741gt fully cellular containership.

It is understood that the “YM EFFICIENCY” suffered a collapse of stow en-route from China to Australia, as a result of which more than 80 containers were lost overboard and at least a further 30 containers seriously damaged on board.

The extent of the damage to containers and cargo is likely to be significant and W E Cox Claims Group are actively investigating the incident. If we can be of any assistance in arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses and undertaking recovery action please do not hesitate to contact us.

As appropriate, please contact:

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

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


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: 22/05/2018
Type: The Maersk Honam has evolved since the explosion on 6th March into a complex matter with all available information pointing to a large loss to insurers and cargo owners the world over. After being ablaze for almost 11 weeks the vessel was due to put in at Jebel Ali today. Inevitably as a result of the severity of the fire Maersk Line have already suggested all cargo in Holds 1,2 and 3 are Total Loss’ which is understandable when considering the incident.
Vessel: SEVENTH UPDATE - MAERSK HONAM
Location:

CASUALTY NOTICE - update

Incident Date: 6th March 2018

Vessel: MAERSK HONAM

IMO No. 9784271

Type: Ultra Large Containership

Incident: Explosion and Fire in Cargo Holds

The Maersk Honam has evolved since the explosion on 6th March into a complex matter with all available information pointing to a large loss to insurers and cargo owners the world over. After being ablaze for almost 11 weeks the vessel was due to put in at Jebel Ali today. Inevitably as a result of the severity of the fire Maersk Line have already suggested all cargo in Holds 1,2 and 3 are Total Loss’ which is understandable when considering the incident.

Furthermore, the salvage demand has been posted at 42.5%. Combined with the general average guarantee of 11.5% being demanded by Average Adjusters, Underwriters will be required to post guarantees totaling 54% to enable cargo to be released.

To further exacerbate the issue, MSC, Maersk’s partner in the 2M alliance, have confirmed their customers will be subject to an extraordinary charge of $ 750 / 20 foot and $ 1250 / 40 foot to transship cargo to destination. If these charges are not met goods will be released to the customers local representative with storage and demurrage being imposed.

If you wish to discuss the most cost-effective way to approach this matter and mitigate any exposure W.E. Cox Claims Group would be more than happy to assist.

Our wholly owned survey company, CWH Europe, are travelling to Jebel Ali to undertake joint inspections with the General Average Surveyors and are putting in place an inspection schedule to prevent any unnecessary delay. Estimates suggest unloading will take two to five days predominantly due to expected issues with ballasting the vessel and we are very aware of the need to progress this matter in a timely fashion.

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: 22/05/2018
Type: Vehicle Carrier
Vessel: NEW CASUALTY - AUTO BANNER
Location:

CASUALTY NOTICE

Incident Date: 21st May 2018

Vessel: AUTO BANNER

IMO No. 8608066

Type: Vehicle Carrier

Incident: Fire

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel “AUTO BANNER”, a 1988 built 52,422gt vehicle carrier. Having previously called at several North American ports and arriving at Incheon, SK a fire broke out on one of the cargo decks.


Whilst the circumstances and extent of the incident remain unclear footage obtained by local media suggest the fire could be relatively severe. We understand the vessel was loaded with approximately 2000 used vehicles bound for Libya.

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: 14/05/2018
Type: Since our most recent Casualty Update, of 27th April 2018, we have continued to receive instructions to represent further cargo interests onboard MAERSK HONAM, for which we will be providing GA &/or LOF Salvage security, conducting surveys and pursuing recovery action
Vessel: SIXTH CASUALTY UPDATE - MAERSK HONAM
Location:

Since our most recent Casualty Update, of 27th April 2018, we have continued to receive instructions to represent further cargo interests onboard MAERSK HONAM, for which we will be providing GA &/or LOF Salvage security, conducting surveys and pursuing recovery action.

We understand that Salvors will shortly be issuing an early security demand for 42.5% of the CIF value of the salved cargo (in Euros).

Whilst Salvage services are expected to continue for approximately a further ten days, after which the vessel will be moved alongside a berth in the port so that the cargo discharge operation can begin, this early demand is being generated to streamline the process of collecting Salvage security in view of the size and complexity of this case.

Salvors will, of course, reserve their right to increase or decrease the security demand after LOF services have terminated and the salved property has been redelivered.

If you have any involvement in this casualty, requiring provision of GA / LOF Salvage guarantees, cargo surveys &/or protection of rights of recovery, we would be pleased to add your interests to our portfolio.

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: 01/05/2018
Type: Containership
Vessel: CASUALTY - VIRGINIA TRADER
Location: Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel VIRGINIA TRADER, a Malta flag, 2006 built, 27,059gt fully cellular containership, which ran aground off Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. The vessel arrived at S. Tomas de Castilla on 15th April and sailed the following evening. VIRGINIA TRADER is currently operating between USA South coast and Central American ports but could be carrying transhipped cargo to / from anywhere worldwide.

Salvors Smit Salvage Americas were engaged under Lloyd’s Open Form.

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 any 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.