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: 11/09/2019
Type: We have learned of an incident involving the vessel KIRAN ASYA, a Turkey flag, 2005 built, 39,555gt bulk carrier on 10th September 2019, laden with a cargo of wheat in bulk, on a voyage from Russia to Turkey, when fire broke out during discharge operations at Atakas Port, Iskenderun.
Vessel: NEW CASUALTY - KIRAN ASYA
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We have learned of an incident involving the vessel KIRAN ASYA, a Turkey flag, 2005 built, 39,555gt bulk carrier on 10th September 2019, laden with a cargo of wheat in bulk, on a voyage from Russia to Turkey, when fire broke out during discharge operations at Atakas Port, Iskenderun. The crew and stevedore emergency duty team initiated fire-fighting operations, subsequently being joined by Iskenderun bay duty fire-fighting tugs from sea side together with a fire brigade team from shore side to assist in bringing the fire under control.

The fire was duly extinguished and cooling operations carried out in the Port, where the vessel remains. No one was injured in the incident, although slight pollution occurred at the pier and sea due to the fire-fighting operation. The cause of fire is unknown at this stage, but an incident investigation file has been opened by the Iskenderun Harbour Master. State surveyors have been appointed to investigate the cause of the incident and extent of damage, and the vessel’s departure permission has been revoked by the Harbour Master until completion of investigation formalities.

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 (if applicable), 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.

Date: 09/09/2019
Type: We have received the following new casualty report. Marshall Islands flag, 71,178gt, 2017 built vehicle carrier GOLDEN RAY capsized while approaching the port of Brunswick, in the St. Simons Sound, near the St. Simons Island pier. The US coastguard has initiated a rescue response. 18 crew members have been rescued and 4 remain unaccounted for.
Vessel: NEW CASUALTY - GOLDEN RAY
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We have received the following new casualty report.
Marshall Islands flag, 71,178gt, 2017 built vehicle carrier GOLDEN RAY capsized while approaching the port of Brunswick, in the St. Simons Sound, near the St. Simons Island pier.
The US coastguard has initiated a rescue response. 18 crew members have been rescued and 4 remain unaccounted for.
The cause of the incident is not yet determined.
The vessel was loaded with a cargo of around 4,000 vehicles at the time of the incident.
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.

We have received the following new casualty report.

Marshall Islands flag, 71,178gt, 2017 built vehicle carrier GOLDEN RAY capsized while approaching the port of Brunswick, in the St. Simons Sound, near the St. Simons Island pier.

The US coastguard has initiated a rescue response. 18 crew members have been rescued and 4 remain unaccounted for.

The cause of the incident is not yet determined.

The vessel was loaded with a cargo of around 4,000 vehicles at the time of the incident.

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: 12/08/2019
Type: We have learned of an incident involving the vessel BOW DIAMOND, a Gibraltar flag, 2001 built, 6,204gt hazardous goods carrier, which encountered very heavy weather in the Gulf of Aden during a laden voyage from China to Europe, via India. Containers of Class 1.1D explosives collided with each other in Hold No. 1, after lashings broke during the storm. Seventeen containers were damaged and significant quantity of TNT was spilled within the hold. BOW DIAMOND sought refuge in Ain Sokhna, Egypt where she remains berthed. Five Oceans Salvage were contracted by the owners on 19th July, initially under a Wreckhire contract, to assess the situation and formulate an action plan. It was considered to be a very complex operation and a Lloyd’s Open Form was signed effective 29th July for the continuation of Salvage services. A salvage team including 11 hazmat/explosives experts has been mobilised to assist the vessel, with the intention of offloading the containers for inspection, transferring the contents of those found to be damaged into sound containers, and then cleaning up the spillage from inside the hold and boxes (explosive waste). 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.
Vessel: CASUALTY - BOW DIAMOND
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We have learned of an incident involving the vessel BOW DIAMOND, a Gibraltar flag, 2001 built, 6,204gt hazardous goods carrier, which encountered very heavy weather in the Gulf of Aden during a laden voyage from China to Europe, via India.

Containers of Class 1.1D explosives collided with each other in Hold No. 1, after lashings broke during the storm. Seventeen containers were damaged and significant quantity of TNT was spilled within the hold. BOW DIAMOND sought refuge in Ain Sokhna, Egypt where she remains berthed.

Five Oceans Salvage were contracted by the owners on 19th July, initially under a Wreckhire contract, to assess the situation and formulate an action plan. It was considered to be a very complex operation and a Lloyd’s Open Form was signed effective 29th July for the continuation of Salvage services.

A salvage team including 11 hazmat/explosives experts has been mobilised to assist the vessel, with the intention of offloading the containers for inspection, transferring the contents of those found to be damaged into sound containers, and then cleaning up the spillage from inside the hold and boxes (explosive waste).

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: 26/07/2019
Type: We have learned of an incident involving the vessel C ROCK, a Malta flag, 2005 built 3,960gt combined chemical & oil tanker operating between UAE and Oman, reportedly laden with cargo of 4,200MT gasoline.
Vessel: NEW CASUALTY - C ROCK
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We have learned of an incident involving the vessel C ROCK, a Malta flag, 2005 built 3,960gt combined chemical & oil tanker operating between UAE and Oman, reportedly laden with cargo of 4,200MT gasoline.


It is reported that the Vessel ran into main engine problems 110 nautical mile NE of Muscat and was subsequently towed to Port Sultan Qaboos, Salvage operations being undertaken by Tsavliris under Lloyd’s Open Form 2011.

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.

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
Location:

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.