11 December 2020
* Further to our previous Casualty Advice, there now appears to be some doubt as to the ship the containers were lost from, as it is reported that MAERSK have refuted that the containers sighted by local fishermen were lost overboard from ultra large container ship, MUNICH MAERSK.
* We understand that German and Dutch maritime authorities are now investigating the reports of the sighting of containers lost overboard from an as yet unidentified vessel.
* We have received unconfirmed reports that up to 200 containers may have been lost overboard from ultra large container ship, MUNICH MAERSK, on/or about 2nd December 2020, in a position approximately 90 nautical miles North of Schiermonnikoog Island, Netherlands, during the vessel's passage from Bremerhaven, Germany to Gothenburg, Sweden.
* It is also very likely that some containers on board will have been damaged in the affected stacks, but remain on board.
* It is understood that the Dutch Coast Guard have confirmed reports of sightings by local fishermen of an unspecified number of containers that are suspected to have been lost overboard from the vessel.
* MUNICH MAERSK has since called at Gothenburg, Sweden between 5 December and 8 December, and is currently berthed at Aarhus, Denmark.
* Whilst there is currently no indication that shipowners intend to declare GA as a result of this incident, Recovery issues will arise in relation to any cargo lost overboard and any damage to cargo stowed to containers damaged as a result of this incident.
* We will make arrangements for surveyors to standby in order to investigate the cause of the incident and to attend to any cargo surveys as may be necessary.
* We therefore recommend that you contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo stowed on board this vessel so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.