ZIM Charleston container loss: General Average declared

General Average has been declared for the ZIM Charleston (IMO 9461506) containership following a fire in stacks of containers that broke out on August 7th or 8th (IMN, August 18th).

A fire was detected aboard the 8,500 teu ship suffered a fire in Cargo Hold 4 while it was underway off of Colombo, Sri Lanka on August 8th. About 300 containers might have been affected by the fire and by subsequent efforts to extinguish it.

The vessel was reported to have berthed on August 12th at the East Container Terminal in Colombo, where the impacted containers were to be inspected and discharged. WK Webster said that the affected containers had been discharged on August 12th.

In an update WK Webster has said it been notified that General Average had now been declared by Israeli-based ZIM, the charterers of the vessel. The vessel is owned by Seaspan Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary Atlas Corp.

ZIM has yet to disclose any details of the incident publicly.

2011-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 91,761 gt ZIM Charleston is owned by Seaspan Holdco LVII Ltd care of Seaspan Ship Management Ltd of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is entered with North of England on behalf of China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association (CPI). As of August 24th it remained at Colombo anchorage.