21 October 2020
* Further to our earlier reports, we are now aware that more than 20 damaged containers were discharged from DS LOTUS at Singapore following the fire on board the vessel. Although we are already representing certain interests in respect of damages, we are unable to ascertain the identities or extent of damages to the other cargoes at this stage.
* DS LOTUS is now scheduled to call at Colombo, Sri Lanka on 22 October 2020 and thereafter at Nhava Sheva and Pipavav, India.
* It is highly possible that cargoes in other containers could have been damaged in this fire or that cargoes with which you are concerned may be amongst those now sitting in Singapore.
* We therefore recommend that arrangements be made for any cargoes with which you may be concerned to be surveyed immediately upon discharge. We can assist in this regard and with any potential issues, including potential recovery, that may arise.
* As noted before, we have already been instructed by some cargo interests and we recommend that you contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo affected by this incident since we may be able to offer certain economies of scale in respect of the costs of investigation of the cause of this casualty and all other resulting aspects of this case.
15 October 2020
* We have received updated reports concerning the fire on board fully cellular container vessel, DS LOTUS.
* It is understood that the fire on board the vessel may have started on or about 6 October 2020 in one of the holds where it continued to burn for several days.
* The vessel is reported to have been sailing off Singapore since that date, whilst fire fighting operations continued on board.
* The fire is now reported to have been extinguished and the vessel was allowed to berth at Singapore container terminal on 15 October 2020.
* The extent of damage to the vessel and cargo stowed on board is not yet clear, but it is evident that damage to cargo stowed in the vicinity of the fire may include fire/heat/smoke damage and damage caused by fire-fighting water.
* As previously advised, we have a fire expert appointed to investigate the cause of the fire and cargo surveyors on standby to investigate the extent of damage to affected cargo.
* We are already in touch with some cargo interests in relation to this incident which may generate certain economies of scale regarding the cost of investigations. We therefore recommend that you contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo stowed on board this vessel.
* It is understood that the container ship, DS LOTUS has suffered a fire on board off Singapore and as a result is currently at the Singapore Raffles Reserved Anchorage.
* The seriousness of the fire and the extent of any damage to the vessel and cargo on board is at this time unknown. The vessel will, however, not be permitted to berth until the fire has been completely extinguished.
* It is possible that General Average may be declared as a result of this incident. If so, GA security may need to be provided by all cargo interests on board and WKW may be able to assist with the provision of such security.
* Furthermore, it is possible that Salvage and Recovery issues may also arise. We are currently monitoring events and will provide updates to this report as the situation develops.
* WKW has a fire expert and cargo surveyors on standby in Singapore to investigate the cause of the fire and the extent of any damages suffered by the cargo, either by fire/smoke or firefighting water.
* It is further reported that the DS LOTUS schedule will now be delayed and as such temperature or time sensitive cargoes may deteriorate. WKW is also able to assist with cargo surveys worldwide if damages are noted upon delivery.
* We therefore recommend that you contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo on board this vessel so that we may immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.