Final discharge port for Yantian Express being sought

A final discharge terminal for the sound containers on container ship Yantian Express (IMO 9229831) was still being sought, operator Hapag Lloyd has said in its latest update to customers. Containers damaged by the fire in the North Atlantic are being removed at Freeport in the Bahamas, but facilities are not available for the complete removal of the sound containers, which had been bound for Nova Scotia from Colombo, Si Lanka, when the vessel suffered a fire on January 3rd.

Hapag Lloyd said that salvage operations in Freeport were continuing as planned, with the discharge of fire impacted containers and door end inspections of potentially damaged containers as identified and documented on the web site of General Average adjuster Richard Hogg Lindley.

Hapag Lloyd said that it anticipated discharge of the damaged containers to take approximately five more weeks.

It said that it was exploring options on the discharge of the sound containers and would be updating customers as soon as possible. “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”, the carrier said.

2002-built, Germany-flagged, 7,500 teu, 320-metre, 88,493 gt Yantian Express is owned and managed by Hapag-Lloyd of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Britannia Club on behalf of Hapag-Lloyd. It sails in THE Alliance’s East Coast Loop 5 service, connecting south-east Asia with the east coast of North America via the Suez Canal.