MSC will cover container ship Maersk Elba costs in order to avoid imposing General Average

Switzerland-based MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co has said that it would be covering costs related to the fire on board the Maersk Elba (IMO 9458078) in order to avoid having to impose General Average on its clients.

In a note to customers dated January 18th MSC said that “exceptionally, on this specific occasion, MSC has taken the decision to cover the costs so that the vessel operator will not declare General Average. This decision was taken to avoid additional costs or delays for our customers as a result of this incident”.

The 13,000 teu vessel was carrying cargo for MSC customers when it suffered an engine fire off Portugal on December 26th (IMN January 4th). The fire was extinguished, but the vessel was disabled. It eventually anchored about two miles off the coast of Sagres it was towed into Algeciras, Spain, where it arrived on December 31st.

The Maersk Elba is operated by Maersk, MSC’s partner in the 2M Alliance vessel sharing agreement. It was operating on MSC’s Shogun Service, which connects Asia with North Europe. The vessel was underway from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Felixstowe, UK when the fire occurred.

MSC said in its note that the ship was currently in Algeciras undergoing temporary repairs, from where it would continue directly to Wilhelmshaven, Germany, where cargo would be offloaded. The estimated departure date was yet to be confirmed, but on January 18th was expected to be January 20th. As of January 21st the vessel was listed by Marine Traffic as still being moored in Algeciras. MSC said that it understood that Maersk was planning to arrange feeder vessels for onward carriage of cargo from Wilhelmshaven to Felixstowe and Rotterdam.

2011-built, Denmark-flagged, 141,716 gt Maersk Elba is owned by FPG Shipholding Marshal l5 Co care of manager Maersk AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of FPG Shipholding Marshal 6 Co Ltd.