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: 11/03/2019
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.

Date: 07/02/2019
Type: Further to our previous notice, we can now confirm the incident onboard APL Vancouver has been declared as General Average with Ardent instructed on Lloyd’s Open Form terms. The fire originated in Bay 7 with vague suggestions of a fuel leak as there was a request, presumably from the owners, for fuel leak handling equipment. The engine room is adjacent to Bay 7 further hinting at the potential cause of the fire.
Vessel: Casualty Update - APL Vancouver
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Further to our previous notice, we can now confirm the incident onboard APL Vancouver has been declared as General Average with Ardent instructed on Lloyd’s Open Form terms.

The fire originated in Bay 7 with vague suggestions of a fuel leak as there was a request, presumably from the owners, for fuel leak handling equipment. The engine room is adjacent to Bay 7 further hinting at the potential cause of the fire.

Initially experts expected the fire to burn for up to ten days however, various sources imply it has been distinguished or is at least under control / smoldering. Assuming the fire is extinguished, efforts have lasted at least six days therefore a significant quantity of extinguishing water will have been pumped onto the ship and cargo. The result is the cargo loss could be significant.

If W.E. Cox Claims Group can be of any assistance in arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses, provided guarantees insured in Lloyd’s 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: 01/02/2019
Type: We have learned of an incident involving the vessel “APL VANCOUVER”, a 2013 built 109,712 gt fully cellular container ship. Having previously called at India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia Singapore and various Chinese ports the vessel caught light whilst steaming to Vietnam
Vessel: CASUALTY NOTICE - APL VANCOUVER
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CASUALTY NOTICE

Incident Date: 31st January 2019

Vessel: APL VANCOUVER

IMO No. 9597472

Type: Containership

Incident: Fire

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel “APL VANCOUVER”, a 2013 built 109,712 gt fully cellular container ship. Having previously called at India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia Singapore and various Chinese ports the vessel caught light whilst steaming to Vietnam

Photographs suggest the fire started near the accommodation block and company reports suggest ignition was in one of the cargo holds. There is a Vietnamese Coast Guard vessel in attendance to control the fire whilst professional salvors steam to the site.

Picture taken from http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/02/01/apl-post-panamax-container-ship-fire-south-china-sea/
Picture taken from http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/02/01/apl-post-panamax-container-ship-fire-south-china-sea/

Salvors have been contracted however, it would appear the salvage operation will be undertaken under independent terms as no LOF has been issued; General Average is very feasible at this time.

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: 31/01/2019
Type: We have learned of an incident involving the vessel LOTUS, a Panama flag, 2001 built, 28,097gt bulk carrier with container capacity on 17th January 2019, when fire broke out in Hold 2 during loading at Shanghai. The fire brigade boarded to extinguish the fire and the vessel set sail on 20th January. LOTUS had previously called at Tianjin and is carrying cargo bound for Tema, Luanda and Durban. GA has been declared and W E Cox Claims Group has received instructions to represent the interests of part cargo onboard. 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.
Vessel: Casualty Notice - Lotus - FIRE
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We have learned of an incident involving the vessel LOTUS, a Panama flag, 2001 built, 28,097gt bulk carrier with container capacity on 17th January 2019, when fire broke out in Hold 2 during loading at Shanghai. The fire brigade boarded to extinguish the fire and the vessel set sail on 20th January. LOTUS had previously called at Tianjin and is carrying cargo bound for Tema, Luanda and Durban.

GA has been declared and W E Cox Claims Group has received instructions to represent the interests of part cargo onboard.

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.

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Date: 30/01/2019
Type: Further to previous updates, YANTIAN EXPRESS is currently under tow, headed for Bahamas Freeport. Meanwhile, General Average has now been formally declared and Richards Hogg Lindley are appointed to collect GA and Salvage security. Salvors have not yet set their demand for Salvage security, but details of their requirements will follow as soon as possible. We do not yet have a list of damaged or suspected damaged cargoes but hope to have some news about this in the coming days.
Vessel: Casualty Update 4 - Yantian Express
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Further to previous updates, YANTIAN EXPRESS is currently under tow, headed for Bahamas Freeport. Meanwhile, General Average has now been formally declared and Richards Hogg Lindley are appointed to collect GA and Salvage security.

Salvors have not yet set their demand for Salvage security, but details of their requirements will follow as soon as possible.

We do not yet have a list of damaged or suspected damaged cargoes but hope to have some news about this in the coming days.

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.

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Date: 21/01/2019
Type: Further to previous Casualty Advice and Updates, Hapag-Lloyd have reported that the fire is “widely contained” and that, meanwhile, tug “Union Sovereign” arrived at the casualty on 15thJanuary to assist operations. Another ocean-going tug is on its way. It will not be possible to offer any accurate assessment of damage to the vessel or its cargo until YANTIAN EXPRESS reaches a port. It is feared that severe winter weather in Canada may create unsafe working conditions for firefighting and cooling operations, so Salvors have indicated that a port of refuge in the Bahamas may provide a better working environment.
Vessel: Casualty Update 3 - Yantian Express
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Further to previous Casualty Advice and Updates, Hapag-Lloyd have reported that the fire is “widely contained” and that, meanwhile, tug “Union Sovereign” arrived at the casualty on 15thJanuary to assist operations. Another ocean-going tug is on its way. It will not be possible to offer any accurate assessment of damage to the vessel or its cargo until YANTIAN EXPRESS reaches a port. It is feared that severe winter weather in Canada may create unsafe working conditions for firefighting and cooling operations, so Salvors have indicated that a port of refuge in the Bahamas may provide a better working environment.

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.

Date: 15/01/2019
Type: Further to previous Casualty Advice and Update, Hapag-Lloyd have reported that the container fire on the vessel YANTIAN EXPRESS, WHICH started on 3rd January, has been brought under control. Whilst the crew of the vessel had been evacuated to salvage tug SMIT NICOBAR, five transferred back to YANTIAN EXPRESS on Wednesday evening. The vessel is currently being towed at “slow speed” by the tug MAERSK MOBILISER towards the Port of Halifax, although no formal ETA has yet been set. A third ocean tug is expected to join the venture around 13th January to assist in the towage operation. Although Hapag-Lloyd advised that it was not yet possible to make any detailed assessment of damage to the vessel or its cargo, partner Ocean Network Express (ONE) offered the following advisory to customers: “Based on current available information, we have to assume that all cargo in bay 12 on deck and forward is directly affected by the fire, as well as all cargo in Hold 1 (Bay 1 to 9). Furthermore, we have to expect that all cargo in Hold 2 (Bay 11 to 17) is affected by fire, smoke &/or damage caused by firefighting water”. It added that damage caused by smoke, heat &/or firefighting in adjacent areas was possible and that all reefers in Bays 1 – 24 were without power and switched off.
Vessel: Casualty Update 2 - Yantian Express
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Further to previous Casualty Advice and Update, Hapag-Lloyd have reported that the container fire on the vessel YANTIAN EXPRESS, WHICH started on 3rd January, has been brought under control.

Whilst the crew of the vessel had been evacuated to salvage tug SMIT NICOBAR, five transferred back to YANTIAN EXPRESS on Wednesday evening.

The vessel is currently being towed at “slow speed” by the tug MAERSK MOBILISER towards the Port of Halifax, although no formal ETA has yet been set. A third ocean tug is expected to join the venture around 13th January to assist in the towage operation.

Although Hapag-Lloyd advised that it was not yet possible to make any detailed assessment of damage to the vessel or its cargo, partner Ocean Network Express (ONE) offered the following advisory to customers:

“Based on current available information, we have to assume that all cargo in bay 12 on deck and forward is directly affected by the fire, as well as all cargo in Hold 1 (Bay 1 to 9). Furthermore, we have to expect that all cargo in Hold 2 (Bay 11 to 17) is affected by fire, smoke &/or damage caused by firefighting water”.

It added that damage caused by smoke, heat &/or firefighting in adjacent areas was possible and that all reefers in Bays 1 – 24 were without power and switched off.

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.