Currently removing damaged containers at Freeport Bahamas, the fire-damaged container ship will have to be moved to discharge remaining cargo its German owner Hapag-Lloyd has said in an announcement.
The latest update issued by the company says that salvage operations in Freeport are continuing as planned with the discharge of fire impacted containers and door end inspections of potentially damaged containers as identified and documented on the GA adjuster’s, Richard Hogg Lindley (RHL) website. Hapag Lloyd said that based on the information available at this point, it anticipates such discharge to take approximately five weeks from now to reach its completion.
With regard to the undamaged boxes onboard, the company said it was exploring options and will advise further on this aspect as soon as feasible. The announcement said “In that regard, kindly note that we are not in a position to discharge sound cargo at the vessel’s current location, which consists of a temporary yard that is meant to handle only the distressed cargo. Additionally, and while there is a containerised terminal berth in the vicinity, it appears among other considerations that at the moment such terminal may not have sufficient capacity for the sound cargo. Alternative options are currently being investigated”.