Yantain Express arrived last night, and anchored in the basin to wait for the Departure of Atlantic Sea. Its due to move to the pier at Ceres at 4pm today.
The Strike in Montreal ended with a 7 month truce this past Sunday. Several ships at anchor departed and sailed for Montreal. Genoa Express (above) hung on, and completed cargo work before sailing. Quebec express also hung around, and is currently at the pier at Fairview Cove (below).
MSC Brianna called this week, as the first stop of a 6 month contract for 2500teu/per week to come to Halifax. this is new business, and may be a hedge against winter delays and further labour action.
Genoa Express is at Fairview Cove.
MSC Ela took to the outer anchorage on the 16th
Quebec Express arrived on the 19th,and dropped the hook in the outer anchorage.
Ortolan Gamma due on the 20th,
MSC Annick is due on the 22nd, having sailed from Montreal.
OOCL Montreal is due the 28th
MSC Brianna is due the 31st.
Montreal Express diverted to Halifax due to Montreal’s strike. Genoa Express is also now showing due on the 16th.
Recent rail blockages are beginning to severely effect the port of Halifax. Yesterday ACL announced they were no longer calling in Halifax as long as rail service is limited, routing traffic through New York instead. ACL has a contract with CERES until 2022, and calls twice a week with containers and RO-RO traffic.
Hapag-Lloyd, and the Alliance is still calling in Halifax, but is considering re-routing cargo, as is ZIM. Hapag-Lloyd released this statement Wednesday.
The blockades of key rail track and Port Infrastructure facilities throughout Canada continues and the Federal and Provincial Governments remain in dialogue as they seek a resolution with the Indigenous communities across the country.
There have been no material changes to the state of the blockades as communicated in our previous letter. CP Rail tracks remain comparatively clear.
Prince Rupert is now clear and the recovery is underway.
The blockade in Ontario remains in place, and CN’s Eastern Canadian network is more or less shutdown. A limited number of trains are operating in the Halifax/Montreal corridor. Various options to move /divert cargo out of Halifax are being explored.
It is not clear yet how long the protests could last and the disruption continues as the blockades enter their third week. There has been inevitable disruption to the Rail transportation of both domestic and International shipments for which we apologize.
This is a continuing situation and we will provide you with regular updates.Hapag-lloyd Feb 19 Statement
Some trains working east of Montreal are moving, but as most cargo through Halifax is bound or from beyond the Belleville blockade, those services are affected. The port is stacking cargo bound for Toronto and points west.
Why are we here?
Coastal gas link is attempting to build a Natural Gas pipeline in BC. CGL have signed benefit agreements with several indigenous tribes along the pipeline route, and the project has broad support among elected councils and hereditary chiefs. 5 Hereditary Chiefs oppose the pipeline route across Wet’suwet’en Territory, and were blocking progress in Protest.
The supreme court ruled that the Wet’suwet’en territory is unceeded – it is not subject to a treaty, and the people were not conquered, therefore the Hereditary chiefs have legal title to the land.
Those 5 hereditary chiefs are not against the pipeline. they are against the current routing of the pipeline across their lands. The chiefs have proposed alternative routeing, which is actually in use by other pipelines currently. CGL rejected the proposed new routing, claiming it would delay the project by a year, and Cost 700 million more to build.
CGL went to court, and the BC Court granted an injunction ordering the protesters away. they refused, citing sovereignty over their territory. The RCMP then moved in and enforced the injuction. The Legality of the BC court injunction is likely to be challenged, however that will take time to work out.
In the Meantime, Mohawks have blocked the CN mainline near Belleville in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en. An injunction has been issued against this blockade by an Ontario Court, however the OPP have yet to enforce this.
The above are the facts. they are not open to debate.
This protest is not anti-pipeline, its not about the environment, or moving oil. some have latched on to the protest to advocate for those ideas, however that is disrespecting the purpose of the protest- which is about respecting indigenous title to the land, which in this case clearly exists.
The OPP have likely chosen restraint in dealing with the Mohawks, frankly its likely the interruptions could become much more severe were they to forceably remove this blockade. The Mohawks were participants in the Oka Crisis which featured blockaded roads bobby-trapped with incendiary devices. as bad as the rail blockade is, shutting down the 401 would be much worse.
while the Trudeau liberals are rightly getting criticism for the handling of this issue, Calls for the prime minister to order the police to do something are wrong. Politicians do not and should not directly control the actions of the police. Support and calls for Vigilantes, or other citizens to take it upon themselves to intervene is also not a sound approach.
Fundamentally CGL chose to go to court rather then being a good neighbour. CGL, wanting to save time and money is now costing the Canadian Economy millions per day in losses, and several thousand people are out of work until this is resolved. the rest of the country is an externality to getting this pipeline built how CGL want it, and frankly more anger should be expressed to at CGL, and Corporate Canada should be demanding CGL apologize, and change the routing.
The German Bundesstelle für Seeunfalluntersuchung or Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation has completed the report into the fire onboard the Yantian Express. We covered the Fire and response to the Yantian Express as it happened, and Once it finally made Halifax with remaining Cargo.
the report has cleared up a few details. First the Crew was transferred to the tug Smit Nicobar, and then transferred to the Dalian Express for transport to Halifax. That cleared up the question of how they got to Halifax.
The Tug Atlantic Enterprise showed up in Halifax Jan 14. It turns out it was enroute to the scene, but was damaged by weather, and came to Halifax instead. the Smit Nicobar had to render some assistance to the tug.
The Fire began in a container of Coconut Charcoal in bay 11, row 7. Bay 11 would be the Forward 20′ container in Bay 12. since the ship turned stern to wind, the spread of the fire forward is not surprising. The container was misdeclared as Coconut Pellets. Charcoal can Self heat, and it is believed this led to the fire. Coconut pellets are basically balls of coconut fiber.
The report indicates Coconut-based pyrochar is characterized by the fact that it burns at a high temperature (600 °C to 650 °C) and produces a very low amount of smoke
the container ship Yantian express finally made Halifax this morning, anchoring in the basin. The ship was bound for Halifax, when it suffered a container fire, and was towed to Freeport Bahamas. Our original coverage of that incident, and updates to the Departure from freeport Can be found here.
All salvageable cargo is onboard, and will likely be discharged in Halifax. Cargo where security was paid will probably be loaded onto the next Ship on the route, while the remainder could remain aboard the ship, or dwell in the container yard. the ship is scheduled to move to the pier at Fairview Cove tomorrow morning.
we know there was damage to the front 2 hatches, and the covers were repaired. however the weather this morning obscures the ship, so other damage is not apparent at this time.
UPDATE May 21:
the ship moved to Fairview Cove this morning, and work began to offload. I have been told 3500 moves. As of yesterday, 2975 containers have provided security, with close to 500 providing security since the ship departed Freeport.
The ship has an appointment with a Shipyard in China in August.
UPDATE May 22, 0845:
It looks like the first containers removed yesterday were the original container bound for Halifax. the ship was worked overnight, and i am aware of ~1300 containers to be removed. Yantian Express is due to move to the east end of the pier Tonight, and the Brighton will take its place at the pier working the eastbound EC5 leg. I have also been told the ship will load 1000 empties to take back to china.
UPDATE May 23, 0924:
the offload will continue slowly, due to lack of yard space for the containers. I have been told it will probably take 10 days to fully discharge the ship.
UPDATE May 24:
Yantain Express shifted back to the west end birth last night, and work removing containers began again this morning. The ship is scheduled to move to Anchor tonight to make room for MOL Partner and Atlantic Sun who arrive tomorrow.
UPDATE May 27:
the Yantian Express spent most of the weekend shifted to the east birth to allow regularly scheduled ships to call at the western birth. it is due to move back to the western birth tonight. Hapag lloyd issued a statement last week about the offload.
Given the particular complexity of the operational handling and considering the fire damage sustained by the vessel and related repairs to be undertaken, the intent is to totally discharge all containers (over 3,200) in Halifax. Once ashore, containers for which General Average and Salvage security has been provided (“secured containers”) will be stacked apart from those which remain unsecured (“unsecured containers”).
It is anticipated that discharge of the 3,200 containers will take an estimated 85 hours of work. During this time, the MV “Yantian Express” must, at times, shift along the berth in order to allow access to other regularly scheduled vessels, and will thereafter shift back in order to resume cargo operations. We anticipate that the actual discharge operation will take 12 days or more.
As part of these operations, the vessel must also back load empty containers to achieve the necessary stability criteria for a subsequent safe passage to Asia where the vessel will undergo permanent repairs.
As of the 24th, 3128 containers have posted the required security.
UPDATE May 29
word is 1200 containers remain on Board, with the offload set to be finished Saturday.
UPDATE June 2:
The offload is complete, and 800 empties have been re-stowed aboard the Yantian Express. The Ship is scheduled to sail at 1400 local, bound for Tanger. I have been provided with photos of the Damaged Bow Section of the Ship.
UPDATE June 3:
the Yantian Express Sailed yesterday, 6 months less a day of when it ran into trouble. As of May 31, 3217 Containers had provided security. Ceres continues to be full, with an extra row of stacks covering the last set of rails – tracks 8, 9, and 10.
UPDATE June 5:
Hapag Lloyd issued a statement today that says forwarding of Containers will take 2-3 weeks to complete. there are also 200 for which no security has been provided.
UPDATE July 31:
Tim Bousquet discovered a Sheriffs Warrant related to the ship, and wrote about in today’s morning File
One warrant is SMIT Salvage Americas LLC vs Yantian Express. The Yantian Express is the container ship that caught fire in the North Atlantic back in January and was eventually towed to Halifax, arriving in May.
SMIT Salvage is a Houston-based firm that is perhaps best known for its involvement in the Deepwater Horizon response — president Doug Martin’s testimony before Congress detailed how his firm was frustrated in the response by BP.
I called Martin yesterday and asked him what was up with the Yantian Express. He told me he had no idea. He said he has a team dealing with the ship, but he hasn’t been informed of any legal action. “It’s nothing big,” he assured me, as otherwise he would know about it. He did say that the fire was related to a single container on the ship.
The warrant from Smit likely relates to cargo that has not yet paid the Salvage Security. That Cargo would be sitting at Fairview Cove, and if the Security is not paid by the cargo owner, it can be sold. Given Cargo was delayed 6 months, and the Salvage and General Average Securities are 60% cargo value, and not everyone had insurance, they are likely taking action to secure the cargo. 3432 Containers have now provided security.
The container ship Yantain Express, suffered a container fire yesterday. Efforts to fight the fire were reportedly suspended due to weather.
The ship is a regular caller to Halifax on the EC5 Service and was due today at Fairview cove. That arrival has since been delayed. Hapag lloyd issued the following statement
The crew of 8 officers and 15 seafarers is unharmed. Efforts to extinguish the fire in the containers were launched immediately but have had to be suspended for the time being due to a significant deterioration of weather conditions.
The 7,510 TEU vessel, which is 320 meters long and sails under German flag in the East Coast Loop 5 (EC5) service, was built in 2002 and was on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal. At present, the ship is approximately 650 nautical miles off the coast of Canada.
It is still too early to make a precise estimate of any damage to the vessel or its cargo. Hapag-Lloyd is closely cooperating with all relevant authorities.
Updates will Follow as they are known
UPDATE Jan 4, 1449:
SAR responsibility is with the USCG 5th District (Mid Atlantic) out of Virginia. Awaiting updates from Marlant PAO and USCG 5th PAO.
the last Halifax container fire was in 2001 aboard the 3800TEU Kitano
USCG 5th District PAO informed me that they were notified of the situation this morning, with the ship approximately 980nm South East of Cape Cod. The USCG watch-standers are monitoring the situation at this time. there is a Good Samaritan vessel on Scene, but no other response at this time.
questions were raised about the authenticity of the above photo. nothing can be confirmed, however there look to be several orange Hapag-Lloyd Containers, and several magenta ONE containers, which suggests a recent photo from a ship operating for the Alliance.
Word is the tug Smit Nicobar is on scene to assist with firefighting, and the BigLift vessel Happy Ranger responded to the initial call and is standing by.
Update Jan 5, 0920:
Hapag-Lloyd spokes person Tim Seifert told me that overnight conditions were still to dangerous for firefighting to continue, and they are waiting on improved weather. the tug did arrive on scene to assist. he was unable to confirm if the photo above is real.
the supply vessel Maersk Mobiliser has sailed from St. Johns NF to respond. The ship is giving an eta of 4am, Monday the 7th to arrive on scene.
UPDATE Jan 6, 1200:
12 of the crew have been transferred to the Smit Nicobar, the remainder will be taken off the ship. the Maersk Mobiliser is planning to tow the the ship to Halifax. Weather has improved, and firefighting from the Smit Nicobar is underway.
the remainder of the crew has been safely removed to the Smit Nicobar. Hapag Llyod reports all crew are unharmed. Firefighting efforts from the tug are ongoing. the ship is now reported to be 800NM off Nova Scotia.
Update Jan 7, 1000:
Maersk Mobiliser encountered heavy weather, and has not reached the ship yet, but is about 80nm away. Hapag-Lloyd has stated that the fire is not under control and has intensified at times. The USCG reports that firefighting is continuing today. The Happy Ranger departed after the arrival of the Smit Nicobar.
The crew of Yantian Express were evacuated on Sunday due to fire. Watch the video below that shows the track of the rescue and towing operations.— MarineTraffic (@MarineTraffic) January 7, 2019
Learn more here: https://t.co/fHINoPKeo9 #MarineTraffic #YantianExpress #rescue #shipping #maritime pic.twitter.com/84BfF3YnWO
Minor Update – this is now the 5th most popular post of all time.
Maersk Mobiliser has arrived on scene, and will assist with firefighting efforts before towing the Yantain Express to Halifax.
the Halifax Employers Association is giving an ETA of the 18:00 on the 16th for the Arrival of Yantain Express. this is probably an optimistic estimate. The tow at a max speed of 5 knots will take about 10Days.
UPDATE Jan 8, 0956:
USCG is reporting that the fire is still burning, with firefighting efforts continuing on and off last night.
Fire is still burning, Yantain Express is now drifting further from Halifax- now over 1112 nautical miles away.
This has to now be a significant fire. possibly spread to multiple stacks, or into the holds below deck.
The photos below Show what the spacing is like between stacks. Not an ideal place to fight a fire.
Note the Open hold on the right in the photo below.
UPDATE Jan 9 0835:
the tugs are making progress however smoke is still pouring out of the ship according to a Canadian Press Report. the firefighting is taking place under the Direction of Smit, who have likely been hired on as salvors.
UPDATE Jan 10 1000:
Yantain Express looks to be under tow. its now heading towards Halifax at 1.5kn. The HEA is currently showing an eta of the 20th.
Hapag-Lloyd has released a statement. Wednesday evening the fire was brought under control and is contained. 5 crew were transferred from the Smit Nicobar back to the Yantain express, and the ship was brought under tow by the Maersk Mobiliser, bound for Halifax. a third tug has been dispatched, with an eta of the 13th
We now have a Damage Report From Hapag-Lloyd:
Further to our CustomerInfo of January 7, 2019 we would like to provide you with following status update:
Based on the currently available information, we have to assume that all cargo in Bay 12 on deck and forward is directly affected by the fire, also all cargo in Hold 1 (Bay 1 to 9). Further, we have to expect that all cargo in Hold 2 (Bay 11 to 17) is affected by fire, smoke and / or damage caused by firefighting water. Damage caused by smoke, heat and / or firefighting water in adjacent areas is possible.
All Reefers in Bay 1 to 24 are without power and switched off. All other Bays with Reefers are continuously supplied with power and in operation.
Each stack has 3 number assigned to it. Odd numbers are for 20′ containers, and evens are for 40′ containers. essentially this is suggesting that all cargo in the first 8 stacks is effected.
UPDATE Jan 14 1000:
latest from CBC’s Brett Ruskin. I talked to him on Friday. Also Latest position.
UPDATE: The fire aboard the #YantianExpress likely damaged 400+ containers, according to shipping experts.— Brett Ruskin (@Brett_CBC) January 14, 2019
– ship is still 2,000 km from Halifax
– uncertainty about which port it will be towed to
– fire “under control” but firefighting efforts still underway, company says. pic.twitter.com/9N3RIX33pO
I have been told that Hapag-Lloyd is sending a vessel direct to Halifax. Over the weekend the Tug Atlantic Enterprise arrived at pier 9. Owned by Donjon Marine of New Jersey, they work in a joint venture with Smit providing salvage services. it is assumed to be here as part of the salvage effort.
Shanghai trader sailed from Bremerhaven on the the 12th. Hapag Llyod shows it calling on the EC5 service with stops in Halifax and New York. due to arrive on the 18th, according to marine traffic. this will likely move undamaged cargo from the ship. the ship is rated at 5047Teu, and was built in 2005. Owned by Lomar Shipping, this is likely an available vessel for charter.
The tug Atlantic Enterprise is due to Sail at 9am tomorrow – its currently giving its destination as New Jersey. It arrived from New York.
the tug Sovereign sailed from Rotterdam with an eta of the 15th. vessel track suggests firefighting efforts have resumed, as weather is reported to be good. The tug is owned by Boskallis – smit’s parent company.
UPDATE Jan 15 0750:
The Horizon Star sailed around 6am from Halifax giving Yantain Express as her destination. I have reached out to Horizon Maritime for comment on the tasking.
TC has received a request for a place of refuge from the salvers.
Position as of noon Atlantic.
due to the length of this post, i have unsticked it from the front page, and replaced it with a link.
The Horizon Star is apparently bringing a salvage team and supplies to the incident.
The Philippine embassy in Ottawa released a statement:
“All 17 Filipino seafarers on board the Yantian Express have arrived safely in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 14 January 2019, after they were evacuated from the burning container ship. Philippine Honorary Vice Consul in Halifax Ms. Elizabeth Eustaquio-Domondon reported that the seafarers were in high spirits and were being assisted by their fleet manager to arrange their return to the Philippines. The Filipino community in Halifax also met the seafarers and provided them with food and other necessities.”
The Tug Atlantic enterprise appears to have sailed out towards the Yantain express, and likely brought the crew back to Halifax. Its unclear how the Crew were transferred from the Smit Nicobar, as the two ships remained about 600km apart.
UPDATE Jan 16 11:50:
G-captain has photos from a crew member of a ship that passed 3 miles from the Yantain Express. the photos were taken yesterday, and smoke is still rising. for the bow of the ship.
It looks as though the center of the stacks have collapsed and at least 3, if not 4 are significantly damaged. More photos are available at gCaptain
CBC was also provided the photos form the same source.
Smit Nicobar has sailed for Mexico, which was where it was headed before it responded to the fire. Horizon Explorer is still on route. No word on the Sovereign, which was sailing form Rotterdam. Maersk Mobiliser is in front, so the tow may have resumed at a speed of 2 knots.
UPDATE Jan 17, 0947:
the tug Sovereign has arrived on scene. the Ship may be under tow again, based on speeds and tug position.
Hapag Lloyd released an update today:
“The salvage operations show continuous progress.
The fire is widely contained and meanwhile the ocean-going tug “Union Sovereign” has arrived at the vessels position on January 15, 2019 to further assist the operations. Another ocean-going tug is on its way.
At this time, it is not yet possible to make a precise estimate of any damage to Yantian Express or its cargo; this can only be more clearly assessed once the vessel reaches a port.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with an ETA at the moment; this will be advised as soon as determined. We regret any inconvenience caused by this incident and shall keep you closely informed on actual development of the rescue operation and further proceedings.”
UPDATE Jan 20 2328:
The tow has been underway since the 16th, they have covered ~270nautical miles, making 70 nautical miles per day. Halifax no longer appears to be the destination – One of the tugs is showing Freeport Bahamas as the destination, and the shanghai trader arrived in Savannah Georgia today. That ship was dispatched from Bremerhaven to collect the undamaged containers.
The reason for the change in location is unclear. Certainly not having to deal with North Atlantic weather could be one factor, Another possibility is that Canada refused a place of Refuge. request. I have requested status on this with Transport Canada, and will be attempting to figure out the ships new Destination.
UPDATE Jan 21 1314:
Maersk Mobiliser and Sovereign are giving their destination as Freeport Bahamas. Horizion Star is Headed back to Halifax, with an ETA of the 25th. No Word on a place of refuge from TC or the USCG as of yet.
Freeport does have a sizeable container terminal, equipped for transshipment so its certainly a plausible location.
We have a response from Transport Canada.
Transport Canada has received the initial request for a Place of Refuge from the vessel MV Yantian Express.
While Transport Canada continues to review the request for compliance with regulatory requirements, the salvage master has not confirmed Halifax as the next port for the MV Yantian Express
UPDATE Jan 23, 1255:
the tow still appears to be bound for Freeport. Hapag-llyod released an update yesterday.
Professional salvors continue to assess the situation based upon relevant factors such as safety and operational items, in order to best determine the vessel’s next port of call.
At this point in time we would ask that all US consignees and brokers retract their US Customs entries, if previously made for the MV “Yantian Express” on the intended port calls. This should be performed as soon as possible, however no later than Monday January 28, 2019 .
As Hapag-Lloyd, we intend to remove the manifest for this vessel from the USCBP/ACE files on Tuesday January 29, 2019 . Any subsequent Customs handling instructions will be provided once more details are available.
In case you have further questions at this point about MV “Yantian Express” or your cargo, we have set up a dedicated hotline.
Please contact our experts directly under following telephone number:
We regret any inconvenience caused by this incident and shall keep you closely informed on actual development of the rescue operation and further proceedings.
UPDATE: Jan 24 1521:
Was quoted in a Canadian Press Piece about this incident. this has been published nationwide. Latest position is Below, via fleetmon and MaritimeBulletin.ne
UPDATE Jan 25 0730:
Hapag Lloyd has released a statement conforming the ship is bound for Freeport. Also interesting to note is that the ship is sailing on its own, with an escort, and not being towed. It looks to be making about 2.5 knots, so the speed has not really improved.
The statement is as follows:
Hamburg, 25 January 2019
“Yantian Express” en route to Freeport
The container fire that broke out on board the “Yantian Express” on 3 January was largely contained and brought under control after one week by immediately launched fire-fighting efforts. Since then, the remaining salvage operations have made considerable progress.
The responsible salvage master from the company Smit has decided today to sail the “Yantian Express” to the Port of Freeport (Bahamas). Once there, the recovery and assessment efforts of the cargo can proceed in a safer environment. At present, the container ship is approximately 1250 nautical miles from the Bahamas and is expected to arrive in Freeport by next week. The “Yantian Express” currently sails with its own machine and in tug escort.
It is still not possible to make a precise estimate of any damage to the “Yantian Express” or its cargo. Hapag-Lloyd is working in close cooperation with all relevant authorities.
The 7,510 TEU “Yantian Express”, which is 320 meters long and sails under German flag in the East Coast Loop 5 (EC5) service, was built in 2002 and was originally on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal.
Quoted in Bahamas based paper The Tribune
UPDATE Jan 27:
the Shanghai Trader is due in Halifax tomorrow, and appears to be running the EC5 route eastbound, having made stops in Savannah and New York. Hapag-Lloyd released another statement and has now declared general average. I wrote about general average in the Herald a few weeks ago.
Hapag-Lloyds statement is as Follows:
After evaluation of the salvors with regards to safety and operational items, it has been decided that Freeport Harbor, Bahamas will be the next port of call for the Yantian Express, with an estimated arrival by mid next week.
Please also note that General Average was declared. Further details of this General Average process will be provided in the subsequent CustomerInfo.
In case you have further questions at this point about your cargo, we have set up a dedicated hotline and invite you to contact our service team directly at the following number:
We regret any inconvenience caused by this incident and shall keep you closely informed of future developments.
UPDATE Jan 28:
The ship is now making 10knots under her own power. ETA in freeport is the 1st of February. This is also now the second most popular post on this blog ever.
The Hapag-Lloyd customer advisory said: “In conjunction with declaring general average, the owners will appoint average adjusters, responsible for coordinating the collection of general average securities and all documentation required from parties with interest in cargo, containers, vessel, and fuel. Cargo interests (or their insurance companies) should plan to contact the average adjusters directly once they are appointed.”
UPDATE Jan 29:
HAPAG-LLYOD has appointed UK-based Richards Hogg Lindley to determine and collect GA and salvage security from each of the parties concerned in cargo on board the ship. Shippers may also be required to pay the cost of the relay of their containers to their bill of lading destination from Freeport. – the ship was missed calls at Halifax, New York, Savannah, Jacksonville and Norfolk
I also heard for the owner of the Shanghai Trader, who told me
“that the Shanghai Trader has been chartered by Hapag Lloyd to carry cargo that would otherwise have gone on the Yantian Express. Afraid certain media reports I’ve picked up have ambiguously been indicating that the Shanghai Trader was be heading toward the Yantian Express to collect her salved cargoes, which I guess is a case of 2 + 2 = 5! “
UPDATE Jan 30:
The Yantain Express arrived off the Bahamas Last night, under her own power, and has an eta at Freeport Pilot of 9am Eastern time. She should be alongside later today, and hopefully i can get some photos from a contact there.
Hapag Lloyd has posted more information about General Average. In it they confirm that a Lloyds Open Form was signed with Smit
2 principles exist for General Average – Sacrifice and Expenditure. Damage to cargo and Ship caused by firefighting efforts would constitute sacrifice losses. Costs fighting the fire would be expenditure.
Under General Average, the Cargo owners need to provide an Average Bond, and If their Cargo was insured, an Average Guarantee from the insurers, or if uninsured, a Cash deposit. the bond identifies the cargo owner, and triggers the cargo insurers liability.
A salvage security is also required, based on the salvors demand. this is required from each cargo owner as the salvors have a claim on everything saved. When the Master of the Yantian Express Signed the Lloyds Open Form, he separately bound the Ship and the Cargo interests to compensate the salvors for what is saved.
UPDATE Feb 3:
Yantian Express has moved to the inner anchorage off Freeport. the Tugs Maersk Mobiliser and Sovereign remain offshore where the ship was previously anchored.
Update Feb 4:
A Hapag Lloyd Spokesperson told the Canadian Press that the ship is “awaiting clearance to enter the port, and once it does, “the recovery and assessment efforts of the cargo can proceed in a safe environment.” “
the ship has just tied up at the terminal in Freeport.
UPDATE Feb 5:
Based on the initial inspection, the GA Surveyor has identified 198 containers that were most likely a total loss due to the fire. An additional 460 containers that were stored in the affected area are possibly damaged and will require inspection.
Maersk Mobiliser was released, and is sailing back to Canada. Smit’s tug Sovereign is tied up along side.
UPDATE Feb 13:
The Maersk Mobiliser returned to St. John’s on the 12th. Damage Survey continues – 202 containers are now considered a Total Loss.
UPDATE Feb 19:
the General Average and Salvage securities have been announced. The salvage security was set at 32.5% of Cargo Value, and the General Average security was set at 28% of cargo value. So if you have cargo valued at $100,000 you will need to post a security of 32,500 for the Salvage claim, and 28,000 for General Average. If Cargo owners have insurance, a letter from the insurer indicating they will pay the claim is sufficient. if the cargo is not insured, then a cash bond must be paid to the claims adjuster and salvage arbitrator.
UPDATE Feb 21:
Hapag Lloyd released an update –
“The vessel is actually at a yard in Freeport, Bahamas designated exclusively to receive the distressed containers/cargo. The reason for that are security, health, safety and environmental considerations. The Port Authority is monitoring the preparation of the site and is yet to give their final approval to start discharge operations, which is expected to be received in the next few days. We are in close contact with the local authorities to be able to start discharging of the distressed containers soonest. We hope to receive permission to commence this operation shortly and based on the information currently available, we expect the discharge to take approximate two months.”
UPDATE Feb 22:
Salvage services under the Lloyd’s Open Form contract were terminated on 19th February. Operations to remove the damaged containers from holds 1 and 2 have started.
UPDATE March 5:
Hapag-Lloyd indicated that it is expected to take 5 weeks to discharge damaged cargo. there is no capacity in Freeport to discharge unaffected cargo, so the ship will likely need to travel to discharge the undamaged cargo, once the damaged containers are removed.
UPDATE March 29:
As of March 26, Cargo operations in Holds 1 and 2 are complete. damaged cargo has been discharged and inspected. Repairs will now be made to the ship, and then the ship will have to relocate to discharge undamaged cargo. there is no eta for this.
while we don’t know the total number of containers aboard, 679 were suspected to be lost or damaged. these container owners would obviously not be paying the GA or Salvage Securities. of the remaining cargo, only 887 containers have provided security, which suggests that most of the remaining cargo is uninsured.
UPDATE April 15:
Undamaged cargo has been restowed on the Yantain Express, and the ship is due to depart Freeport at the end of the month. only 1500 containers have provided salvage security, so this may delay the departure.
UPDATE May 2:
The latest update from the GA Adjusters is Below. The Yantain Express will finally be headed for Halifax mid month.
The Yantain Express is finally bound for Halifax. the Latest Update from the GA Adjusters is
Shipowners have advised that repairs to the vessel are nearing completion. Dependent on final technical approval of the classification society and refitting of hatch covers, the vessel is likely to depart from Freeport, Bahamas during the first half of May 2019 with the remaining cargo onboard.The vessel shall then proceed to Halifax, Nova Scotia for delivery of remaining onboard cargoes. The shipping lines will advise the exact date once the forwarding schedule and terminal arrangements have been finally concluded.
UPDATE May 13:
Hapag-lloyd issued another update today – the ship is due in Halifax May 19, with all cargo aboard. From Hapag-Lloyd:
- Reloading of all containers previously discharged ashore for inspection has now been completed. Accordingly all cargoes, whether security has been provided or not, are now on board the MV “Yantian Express”.
- Dependent on final technical approval of vessel class, arrival of spare parts and conclusion of repairs, MV “Yantian Express” is now tentatively scheduled to depart from Freeport, Bahamas on May 15, 2019 with an ETA to Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 19, 2019.
- For those customers who have arranged salvage and General Average security, their cargo will be delivered in the usual way under the relevant contract of carriage. However, all other customers are kindly reminded, that: the salvors will not permit delivery of the cargo until salvage security has been put in place. General Average security needs to be provided in addition prior to delivery of cargo
As of may 13th, 2497 containers have provided security.
This story continues in a separate post with the ships arrival in Halifax.
Weather was an issue on Saturday, with some ships moving, and others waiting it out. CMA-CGM Chennai, at just over 10000teu was forced to wait out her call until 15:00 on Sunday. She was worked over night, and sailed before noon on Monday.
With CMA-CGM Chennai not entering port Saturday morning, other container ships were moving.
Dimitra C, the former MOL Priority, arrived, and waited in the basin for Dalian Express to free the Western birth. With Dalian Express Clear, she backed in and tied up.