We have learned of an incident involving the vessel “TOP TRADER”, a 2001 built 30,053gt bulk carrier.

It is understood that the Vessel was loading petcoke at Porte Jose, Venezuela, for export to ports in Europe when a fire broke out in three cargo holds. The crew could not control the fire and as such Salvage operations were commenced with T&T Salvage Asia PTE Ltd under the terms of Lloyd’s Open Form. It is understood that as a result of the incident, the Vessel will no longer travel to Europe but is instead destined for Cartagena, Columbia.

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 Salvage securities, arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses or undertaking recovery action, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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