New Casualty – MSC PALATIUM III – Fire & Explosion

New Casualty - MSC PALATIUM III - Fire & Explosion

Incident Date:    15th of December 2023

Vessel:                 MSC PALATIUM III

IMO No.              9336165

Type:                   Fully Cellular Containership   

Incident:             Fire & Explosion

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel MSC PALATIUM III, a Liberia flag, 26,435gt, 2006 built, fully cellular containership which was reportedly hit by a missile whilst sailing near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

The laden vessel, with a capacity of 2,500teu was sailing north from Kenya towards Jeddah when the incident occurred. It is understood that as a result of the attack, at least one container has been lost and the vessel has suffered a fire. The vessel has now changed direction and is heading South, although a new destination has yet to be announced.

As a result of this incident it is highly likely that there will be delays to cargo delivery and cargo owners might be required to provide securities before delivery of 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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