We have received the following new casualty report:
* COSCO SAO PAULO experienced a fire in one of its cargo holds off Cape Agulhas, South Africa, on 25 May 2020.
* It is reported that the fire has since been extinguished, but it is unclear how much damage to the vessel has been caused by the fire.
* The vessel was anchored off Cape Town for several hours and is reported to have been listing and rolling in heavy seas. It is possible that some containers may have been lost overboard.
* The vessel was later taken to berth at Cape Town Container Terminal.
* Cargo stowed on board the vessel in the proximity of the fire may be directly affected by fire or may have sustained heat and/or smoke damage and/or wet damage as a result of the fire fighting operations.
* We have cargo surveyors on hand to attend if required and may be able to offer certain economies of scale in respect of any third party costs which may need to be incurred.
* In addition, it is possible that General Average and/or salvage security may be required to be provided by all Cargo Interests. W K Webster may be able to assist in those regards. Salvage security provided by WKW is acceptable to the Council of Lloyds and widely preferred by professional Salvors.
* 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.