Further to our CustomerInfo of February 19, 2019, please be informed that salvage operations in Freeport are continuing as planned with the discharge of fire impacted containers and door end inspections of potentially damaged containers as identified and documented on the RHL website.
Based on the information available at this point, we anticipate such discharge to take approximately five weeks from now to reach its completion.
Please be advised that we are also exploring options with regard to the balance of the containerized cargo, which is unaffected by the fire and remains in a dry and sound condition, and will advise further on this aspect as soon as feasible.
In that regard, kindly note that we are not in a position to discharge sound cargo at the vessel’s current location, which consists of a temporary yard that is meant to handle only the distressed cargo.
Additionally, and while there is a containerized terminal berth in the vicinity, it appears among other considerations that at the moment such terminal may not have sufficient capacity for the sound cargo. Alternative options are currently being investigated.
We kindly request that all cargo interests who have not done so already to promptly contact the Average Adjuster in order to arrange for the posting of General Average and Salvage security so that their cargo can be released in a timely manner.
For all other information, we invite you to call our dedicated hotline directly at the following telephone number:
+ 1 833-445-6397
Alternatively you are also welcome to contact us via following email address:
We shall keep you closely informed on further developments.
As per current status, the vessel arrived at Freeport, Bahamas (port of refuge) on February 4, 2019. We will obviously have more detailed/precise information once the extent of damages onboard the vessel has been fully assessed and will provide updates in due course. For the avoidance of doubt, the above statements and comments are: (I) non-conclusive, subject to change, and being provided for informational purposes only, and (II) given without prejudice to or waiver of any rights, remedies, defenses, and limitations contained in the relevant underlying contracts of carriage as evidenced by Hapag-Lloyd AG’s standard Bill of Lading and/or Sea Waybill and the Hapag-Lloyd Tariff applicable thereto and/or any other applicable agreement governing the carriage of the subject cargo, or any cargo carried on board the vessel at the time of the incident, as the case may be, all of which said terms and conditions continue to remain in full force and effect, without any modification or waiver.