New Casualty – MSC SAO PAULO V – Fire

New Casualty - MSC SAO PAULO V - Fire

Incident Date:    3rd March 2024

Vessel:                MSC SAO PAULO V

IMO No.             9147071

Type:                   Containership  

Incident:             Fire

We have learned of an incident involving the vessel MSC SAO PAULO V, a Liberia flag, 53324 gt, 1998 built, containership which caught fire in the engine room as she was nearing the pilot station at Les Escoumins while en route to Portugal. The Canadian Coast Guard reports it is continuing to monitor the situation as teams work to extinguish the fire.

The containership was able to anchor near the northern side of the river on the 4th of March and initially two Laurentian Pilotage Authority pilot boats were standing by in case the crew required assistance. The pilot boats left on the same day, but the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker CCGS Amundsen is standing by as well as a Coast Guard Environmental Response Team nearby in Tadoussac in case there is a need for a response. So far, they are reporting no environmental issues or injuries to the crew.

The containership is operated by Mediterranean Shipping Co and had previously called in Canada, Portugal and Italy. 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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