Shippers yet to pay security on one-third of undamaged containers on the Yantian Express

General Average and Salvage security is yet to be posted on one third of the undamaged containers onboard the Yantian Express which suffered a cargo fire on 3 January.

As preparations are made for the vessel to sail to Halifax, Nova Scotia to from Freeport, Bahamas where fire damaged containers were unloaded, Ocean Network Express (ONE) – an alliance partner in the operation of the Hapag-Lloyd ship – said around General Average and Salvage security was yet to be paid on one-third of the containers.

“In order to assist progress of vessel operational proceedings and salvage company approval, we again encourage all cargo interests to immediately provide the requested General Average and Salvage security in order to allow the containers to be delivered,” ONE said in a customer advisory.

Repairs to the vessel which offloaded damaged cargoes in Freeport, Bahamas are nearing completion and its sailing date is now dependent on final Class approval and the fitting of hatch covers.

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The Yantian Express is expected to depart Freeport during the first half of May bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia, its original destination when the fire broke out on the vessel.

“Exact date will be confirmed once forward schedule and terminal arrangements have been finally concluded,” ONE said.

Posted 06 May 2019

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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