APL England

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Name APL England
Date 24 May 2020
Year of Build 2011
Casualty type Cargo Overboard
Vessel Type Container Carrier - VT UCC
Report

------------------UPDATE 5-----------------

* Further to our previous Advices, discharge of damaged containers from on board APL ENGLAND is continuing slowly as the condition of the damaged containers makes their discharge difficult and potentially dangerous. Consequently, the discharge operation may take several days to complete. Thereafter, containers destined for other ports are likely to be transhipped to a replacement vessel.

* It is reported that 21 of the containers lost overboard were empty and that the remainder may have included cargoes of bar stools; food dehydrators; medical face masks, shields and goggles; furniture; cooker range hoods; gazebos; and pet accessories.

* We recommend that you contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo affected by this incident so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.

------------------UPDATE 4-----------------

* Further to our previous Advices, discharge of the damaged containers stowed on board APL ENGLAND has commenced at Brisbane and is expected to take several days to complete.

* It is also reported that the vessel is currently under detention by the Authorities at Brisbane and will not be released until the serious deficiencies in the vessel's lashing arrangements for cargo have been rectified.

* We have cargo surveyors standing by to effect surveys of any damaged cargo for which we receive instructions and are in direct contact with P&I insurers with a view to pursuing what we believe to be a recovery action with strong potential.

* We are already discussing these actions with insurers of certain cargoes concerned and thus are likely to be able to offer certain economies of scale in respect of such costs, and any other third party costs that may require to be incurred to investigate the cause of the loss of and/or damage to cargo stowed on board the vessel.

* We are uniquely placed to assist Cargo Insurers with regard to all aspects of this casualty and we therefore recommend that you contact us as a matter of urgency if you are concerned with any cargo stowed on board this vessel.

------------------UPDATE 3-----------------

Further to our previous reports on this matter, we can report that investigations are suggesting that the loss overboard of containers and damages to other cargoes carried on the APL ENGLAND appear to have resulted from serious deficiencies in the vessel's lashing arrangements for cargo stowed on board the vessel.

Heavily corroded securing points for containers on the deck were also found, which has resulted in the Australian Authorities detaining the vessel at Brisbane for breach of SOLAS Convention.

In our view this will give rise to potential recovery action to be pursued against shipowners in respect of any loss of and/or damage to cargo as a result of the failure to provide a vessel fully seaworthy at the commencement of the voyage.

As reported, we have retained local cargo surveyors to ascertain the extent of damages to cargo discharged from the vessel in due course and may be able to offer certain economies of scale in respect of such costs and any other third party costs which may need to be incurred.

We therefore urge you to contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo on board this vessel so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests and where appropriate commence necessary recovery actions.

------------------UPDATE 2------------------

We have received the following updated news report:

* Officials of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority found the vessel to be fit to proceed to Brisbane port.

* The vessel later berthed at Brisbane on 27 May 2020 to enable discharge operations of cargo destined for Brisbane and the remaining containers on board the vessel to be stabilised.

* It is possible that General Average / Salvage / Recovery issues may arise as a result of this casualty.

* We therefore recommend that you contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo on board this vessel so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.


------------------UPDATE 1------------------

We have received the following updated news reports concerning the loss overboard and damage to containers onboard APL ENGLAND.

APL ENGLAND has anchored in Moreton Bay, off Mooloolaba. Officials of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority attended onboard the vessel on 26 May to determine if, and how, the vessel may be safely berthed at Brisbane.

It is reported that 6 containers are currently overhanging the starboard side of the vessel and a further 3 containers are overhanging the port side. There are no reports of damage to the vessel's hull.

A cargo of surgical masks has reportedly washed ashore and other cargo reported to be missing may include car parts, furniture and other goods. The Authorities are currently liaising with the ship's Agent to confirm exactly which containers have been lost overboard.

We have retained local cargo surveyors to ascertain the extent of damages to cargo discharged from the vessel in due course and may be able to offer certain economies of scale in respect of such costs and any other third party costs which may need to be incurred.

We recommend that you contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo on board this vessel so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.

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We have received the following new casualty report:

* APL ENGLAND experienced a temporary loss of power during challenging weather conditions in a position approximately 40 nautical miles south-east of Sydney, Australia on 24 May 2020.

* It is reported that at least 40 containers were lost overboard and a further 74 containers were damaged as a result of the incident.

* The vessel later diverted from its intended route and berthed safely at Brisbane on 25 May 2020 as a port of refuge .

* It is possible that General Average / Recovery issues may arise as a result of this incident.

* Please contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo on board this vessel so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.

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