The discharge of undamaged containers from the fire hit Yantian Express has started in the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia and is expected to take at least 12 days.

The Yantian Express is expected to to start discharging undamaged containers in the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia over four and half months after it was hit with cargo fire in the Atlantic while sailing to the Canadian port.

The fire damaged containership Yantian Express is expected to arrive in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 19 May, over four and a half months after it was originally due to call at the Canadian port.

An American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU) seminar brought into the focus the growing risks associated with mega-containerships in the event of casualty and the huge number of cargo interests involved.

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.

Ocean Network Express (ONE) is urging shippers that have not posted General Average and Salvage Security on undamaged containers from the Yantian Express to do so or risk further delays and risk to the rescue plan for the cargoes to be unloaded from the vessel that suffered a cargo fire on 3 January.

Despite salvors having offloading all the fire damaged containers from the containership Yantian Express vessel remains in Freeport, Bahamas, as some shippers have not posted General Average and Salvage security for undamaged containers.

Fire damaged containers from the Yantian Express have been unloaded, but it remains unclear where the remaining undamaged cargo will be unloaded.

A major containership fire occurs every 60 days it has been estimated as insurer TT Club says the campaign for greater container safety must first focus on dangerous goods.

Offloading fire damaged cargo from the Hapag-Lloyd containership Yantian Express is expected to take another five weeks while a port is yet to be found to discharge undamaged boxes.

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