We have received reports that the "YANTIAN EXPRESS ", a 2002 built container vessel flying the German flag, has a significant cargo fire.

We understand that the salvage tug "SMIT NICOBAR" is fighting the fire. All 23 crew have abandoned the "YANTIAN EXPRESS" and are safely on the "SMIT NICOBAR". The tug "MAERSK MOBILISER" is also en route.

The vessel has a container capacity of 7506 TEU and from the pictures appears loaded to near capacity. It is likely that there will be major claims for salvage and GA as well as recovery of PA losses. Any claim for LOF salvage will be subject to English law and London arbitration.

If you would like assistance in dealing with any potential claims for salvage, GA and recovery of your losses, please do contact us.

We can also assist you in arranging salvage security, with a bail fee from 0.4% of the guarantee amount.

Our in-house master mariners are part of our service and their assistance, together with our extensive track record in marine matters (over 1,000 years of collective experience) are key resources in dealing with cases such as these.



Casualty date: 3 January 2019

Casualty type: Fire

Vessel type: Container vessel

Year built: 2002

GRT: 88,493

Voyage from/to: From Asian ports to USA/Canada but container ship so cargo world-wide

Cargo: Containers

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