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Hapag-Lloyd declares general average on burnt Yantian Express

Hapag-Lloyd has declared general average on its burnt-out 7,500 teu boxship, Yantian Express.

In an update to clients on Friday, the German carrier also revealed that the ship is now being towed to the Bahamas rather than the earlier stated destination of Halifax on Canada’s eastern seaboard.

“After evaluation of the salvors with regards to safety and operational items, it has been decided that Freeport Harbor, Bahamas will be the next port of call for the Yantian Express,” the company stated.

The boxship is likely to arrive at Freeport on February 1.

The Yantian Express suffered a fire in one of its containers on January 3 that quickly spread, forcing crew to evacuate.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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