Minna

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Name Minna
Date 26 May 2020
Year of Build 2005
Casualty type Grounded
Vessel Type Container Carrier - VT UCC
Report

------------------UPDATE 7------------------

9 July 2020

We write to provide a further update on this matter.

* Our appointed surveyors have now attended the vessel at Port Kelang to investigate the cause of the grounding.

* Access was provided to the bridge, bridge equipment, relevant machinery spaces including control rooms and relevant logs and navigational data could be sighted.

* As a result of these investigations we have now identified certain issues that may have rendered the vessel unseaworthy at the commencement of the voyage.

* This gives rise to the possibility that liability in General Average may ultimately be challenged and that recovery claims may be pursued against the vessel interests for salvage and/or any PA liabilities.

* We already represent a significant amount of cargo on board which is likely to result in economies of scale for all interests.

* In the event that you insure cargo on board this vessel, we strongly recommend that you contact us so that we can protect your interests.

------------------UPDATE 6------------------

19 June 2020

MINNA VERY URGENT UPDATE

This update contains vital information that requires immediate action if you are concerned with any cargoes on-board the captioned vessel.

* The vessel has been re-delivered by Salvors to the owners at Reunion and is already underway towards Singapore with an ETA of 28 June 2020.

* All cargo destined to the port of Nacala and the local ports in Reunion will be held at Reunion until suitable Salvage and GA Security is provided to the satisfaction of the Salvors and GA Adjusters.

* All remaining cargo will be held at Singapore until adequate security is provided to enable release.

* Salvors have threatened to exercise their lien and seize and sell any cargo that has not provided security within 21 days after discharge from the vessel.

* As previously noted, we already represent a significant number of cargo interests and our investigations into the circumstances continue on their behalf. We are in the process of issuing securities for these cargoes already and have negotiated the appropriate wordings for these in the best possible interests of cargo.

* Please contact us as a matter of extreme urgency in order to ensure that your interests are not adversely affected by these latest developments.

------------------UPDATE 5-----------------

* The MINNA has reportedly arrived safely at Reunion Anchorage, Reunion for underwater inspection. Shipowners may then be better placed to determine the next course of action as to the necessity of repairs to the vessel and on-carriage of cargo to destination ports.

* We are advised by the General Average Adjusters that they estimate the contribution to GA to amount to 2% of the CIF value of cargo at the time of discharge.

* GA security is required to be provided from all Cargo Interests prior to the delivery of their cargo and we are likely to be able to assist in that regard.

* Salvage Security may also be demanded from a source in the UK, if not already provided, and W K Webster may be able to assist in that regard also. Security provided by WKW is acceptable to the Council of Lloyds and widely preferred by professional Salvors.

* We also stand ready to provide assistance in respect of any recovery issues that may arise as a result of this casualty.

* We have already been instructed by a number of Cargo Insurers and are currently taking actions to protect their interests. We would be pleased similarly to assist you and look forward to hearing from you urgently if you are concerned with any cargoes currently on board this vessel.

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MINNA - SECURITY DEMAND QUANTIFIED

* There have been further developments which require us to send you a further advice hot on the heels of our last one only an hour ago (apologies if you received that one twice!).

* We are in contact with both the Average Adjusters and the Council of Lloyds who advise that the security being demanded by Salvors under the LOF is 12.5% of the salved values of all cargoes. They further advise that cash deposits in that sum will be required from uninsured cargoes and cargo insurers that are not acceptable to salvors.

* All shippers/receivers of cargoes on board will today be receiving notice in this respect, so we would anticipate that you will start to receive notifications if any of these are your insureds. As we have noted previously, security from WKW is a preferred option by the Salvors and the Council of Lloyds and we would be pleased to assist subject to terms and conditions.

* It is vital that cargo interests are properly represented in this regard. Whilst there have been no reports of cargo damage as a direct result of the grounding and subsequent refloating efforts, establishing the salved values is important to ensure that proper account is taken of any potential deductions. Hence us having cargo surveyors on standby to attend when the vessel reaches port.

* Please contact us as soon as possible in the event that you are notified of interests on board so that we may include these amongst those we already represent.

------------------UPDATE 4-----------------

* We can now report that the MINNA was refloated with the assistance of professional salvors, contracted under LOF 2020 terms, on 4 June 2020 and will likely be moved to a safe anchorage at Beira Port for underwater survey and inspection.

* As already reported Salvage and GA security will have to be lodged before any cargoes will be released for ultimate delivery. We would be pleased to assist subject to our terms and conditions.

* We have surveyors on standby to assess the condition of the cargoes. Our investigations are continuing on behalf of the cargo interests we represent into the circumstances of the grounding and the seaworthiness of the vessel with a view to potential recovery actions.

* In the event that you are concerned with cargoes on board, please urgently provide us with details in order that we can best protect your interests.

------------------UPDATE 3-----------------

* Further to our previous advices, MINNA currently remains aground off Beira.

* We are now able to advise that MINNA did not sustain any breach of its hull as a result of the grounding and that the vessel's machinery is fully functional.

* Specialist tugs and salvage equipment have been deployed, under Lloyd's Open Form of Salvage Agreement (LOF), to the vessel to assist with the refloating operation.

* Because of tide restrictions, it is anticipated that the refloating operation will proceed on the next spring high on or about 6 June 2020.

* We are currently instructed by certain cargo interests and are already liaising with Salvors and Average Adjusters as to the terms and value of Security to be provided.

* We have instructed Casualty Investigators, including marine engineers, to investigate the extent of damage and cause of the grounding at the appropriate time and we are in contact with Shipowners' representatives in order to protect cargo-owners' interests. We may also be able to offer certain economies of scale in respect of any third party costs which may need to be incurred on behalf of cargo interests as a result of the casualty.

* Salvage Security is required to be provided from a source in the UK and W K Webster may be able to assist in that regard. Security provided by WKW is acceptable to the Council of Lloyds and widely preferred by professional Salvors.

* In addition, in view of Shipowners' declaration of GA, GA Security in the form of Average Bonds and Average Guarantees are required to be provided in relation to all Cargo Interests prior to the delivery of their cargo.

* We therefore recommend that you contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo on board this vessel so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.

------------------UPDATE 2-----------------

FURTHER URGENT UPDATE

With apologies for two Updates within a very short space of time, we can now confirm that, as anticipated in previous messages, Shipowners HAVE DECLARED GENERAL AVERAGE.

We are in direct contact with the Average Adjusters who are well known to us. They have confirmed that General Average security will be required from Cargo Interests prior to the delivery of their cargo and as always we will be pleased to assist in this regard.

We can also confirm that salvage services were rendered by professional salvors under LOF terms. Consequently, Salvage Security is highly likely to be demanded to be lodged at the Council of Lloyds by an acceptable source based in the UK. Such Security provided by WKW has always been acceptable to Lloyds and is widely preferred by professional Salvors. Again, we would be pleased to assist, on agreed terms, in this aspect also.

We are currently discussing with both the nominated Average Adjusters and Salvors' representatives the value and terms of GA and Salvage Security to be provided.

We are in the process of commencing investigations into the circumstances of the grounding both with a view to the declaration of GA and any recovery aspects as well as with regard to the value of the salvage services rendered when these come to be claimed.

We are advised that a total of 1,152 loaded containers were shipped under various Bills of Lading issued by CMA CGM or Maersk. It is possible that other cargoes were shipped under Bills issued by other lines, and that there were also empty boxes on board.

We urge you to contact us extremely urgently if you are concerned with any cargo on board this vessel so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.


------------------UPDATE 1-----------------

We understand that approximately 1,800 containers were stowed on board fully cellular cargo vessel, MINNA, at the time of its grounding on departure from Beira, Mozambique on 26 May 2020.

It is possible that General Average / Salvage / Recovery issues may arise as a result of this casualty.

Salvage Security may be demanded from a source in the UK and W K Webster may be able to assist. Security provided by WKW is acceptable to the Council of Lloyds and widely preferred by professional Salvors.

If General Average is declared, General Average security may be required from all Cargo Interests prior to the delivery of their cargo and we are likely to be able to assist.

We recommend that you contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo on board this vessel so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests

------------------ORIGINAL-----------------

We have received the following new casualty report:

* MINNA ran aground shortly after departure from Beira port, Mozambique on 26 May 2020.

* Owners entered into a salvage contract with professional salvors under LOF terms as a result of the grounding.

* Consequently, Salvage Security is required to be provided by all cargo stowed onboard the vessel and W K Webster may be able to assist in that regard. Security provided by WKW is acceptable to the Council of Lloyds and widely preferred by professional Salvors.

* If General Average is declared, General Average security may also be required from all Cargo Interests prior to the delivery of their cargo and we are likely to be able to assist in that regard also.

* Recovery issues may also arise in the event of any loss or damage to cargo that may arise as a result of the grounding.

* We recommend that you contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo on board this vessel so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.

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