CMA CGM cooperates with China to save a post panama containership

It went aground off Xiamen last week

2011.5.26- CMA CGM Libra.jpgCMA CGM is working with Chinese authorities in a bid to save a post panamax containership that went aground off Xiamen last week.

The 11,400-teu CMA CGM Libra (built 2009) ran aground on a hard sandy bottom on 19 May shortly after departing Xiamen Port.

The ship is said to have around 6,000 containers onboard and was headed for Hong Kong before scheduled calls at various ports in Europe.

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Unconfirmed reports say the Hyundai Heavy Industries-built ship is running in the FAL1 service between China and Western Europe.

Reports say the casualty is hard-a-ground, has developed a 10 degree list and is substantially out of her free floating draught.

Hull interests have agreed a Lloyds Form Contract (LOF 2000) with Shanghai Salvage, reports marine insurance and admiralty solicitors Waltons & Morse.

On the insistence of the local authorities, bunkers will have to be removed before any containers are lightened to aid refloatation, the London-based firm says.

Latest reports are that Shanghai Salvage has now discharged around 75% of the bunkers aboard the Maltese-flagged containership.

Although the ship owners have yet to formally declare General Average, such a declaration is expected imminently, Waltons & Morse said.

Albatross Adjusters Limited in Cyprus are on standby to accept the appointment as General Average adjusters and to collect GA security from container and cargo interests.

To speed up the rescue work, a DALI Floating Crane from Shanghai Salvage Co, with lifting capacity of 2,500 tons, joined the rescue effort on Monday.

Source: Tradewinds

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