Hapag-Lloyd’s fire-stricken Yantian Express was still waiting to discharge its damaged containers two weeks after it arrived in Freeport, Bahamas on February 4, 2019.
According to an advisory release by Ocean Network Express, the Port Authority is yet to give their final approval to start discharge operations, which is expected to be received in the next few days. The authority is monitoring the preparation of the site.
“We are in close contact with the local authorities to be able to start discharging of the distressed containers soonest. We hope to receive permission to commence this operation shortly and based on the information currently available, we expect the discharge to take approximately two months,” ONE added.
Containers and cargoes considered unaffected by the fire incident are in a dry and sound condition, and the company is exploring its options.
Hapag-Lloyd earlier informed that up to 202 containers have been identified to be a total loss due to the fire, which started on Yantian Express’ deck and towards the fore end of the vessel on January 3. At the time, the ship was on its way from Colombo to Halifax.
Once unloaded, these containers would not be inspected and would be sent for destruction, Richards Hogg Lindley (RHL) as General Average and Salvage Adjusters informed.