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.
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