New Casualty – ESCAPE – Fire & Salvage

New Casualty - ESCAPE - Fire & Salvage

Incident Date:    22nd February 2023

Vessel:                ESCAPE

IMO No.             9491501

Type:                  Fully Cellular Containership

Incident:            Fire & Salvage

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel ESCAPE, a Dutch flag, 17,368gt, 2011 built, fully cellular containership, which suffered a significant fire in the Baltic Sea 22nd February 2023.

The fully cellular container vessel with a capacity of 1,436teu is a feeder vessel operated by Confeeder and was en-route to Riga, Latvia having previously called at Lithuania, Poland and Germany when fire erupted in the engine room. The crew were unable to prevent the fire spreading to the superstructure and were forced to abandon ship, being safely rescued by a good Samaritan vessel.

We understand that professional Salvors are continuing to fight the fire and once safe to do so will attempt to tow the ESCAPE to Riga, Latvia.

It is likely that significant cargo damage will have occurred and that sound cargoes may be required to provide Salvage and/or General Average Security prior to receiving their cargo. 

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

France – Marie-Laure Mirrione

Europe – John Jackson

Hong Kong – Twinnie Lai

Singapore – Paul Sansom

USA – Joshua Gayer

Australia – Niall Orr

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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