Incident Date: 4th June 2020


IMO No. 9431848

Type: Vehicle carrier

Incident: Explosion / fire onboard

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel HOEGH XIAMEN, a Norwegian International Register, 2010 built, 47,232gt vehicle carrier, while berthed at Jacksonville (Blount Island), Florida, preparing to offload a cargo of cars. The vessel had previously called at Benin and Nigeria.

It is reported that the fire erupted on cargo deck 7 and spread to other cargo deck or decks below. The fire is being treated as a major incident, with deployment of many fire engines and tugs with water cannons. During firefighting operations, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department reported that an explosion had occurred, injuring eight firefighters with an additional firefighter being treated for heat exhaustion.

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

Hong Kong – Wendy Lee

Singapore – Paul Sansom

USA – Charles Droll

Australia – Niall Orr

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