* Further to our previous report of a fire in the hold of bulk carrier, AMBER STAR it is reported that the fire was ignited in Hold No. 5 of the vessel which was subsequently flooded with fire-fighting water. The remainder of cargo stowed on board the vessel in Hold Nos. 1 and 4 is reported not to have been affected by the fire or the fire-fighting operation.
* Shipowners have now declared GA as a consequence of the extraordinary costs incurred as a result of the fire on board the vessel. * Consequently, GA security, in the form of an Average Guarantee to be provided by or on behalf of Underwriters and an Average Bond to be provided by cargo interests, is required to ensure early release of all cargo stowed on board the vessel at the time of the fire.
* We have already been instructed by certain insurers and we are currently seeking to agree preferential terms of the GA security to be provided with Average Adjusters on behalf of those insurers. We may therefore be able to offer certain economies of scale in respect of any third party costs which may need to be incurred in investigating the cause of the fire.
* We also have cargo surveyors on hand to ascertain the extent of any loss or damage to cargo.
* General Average and Recovery issues may arise as a result of this casualty.
* We therefore recommend that you contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo on board this vessel so that we can also immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.
* We have received reports a fire was ignited in a cargo hold of bulk carrier, AMBER STAR, during discharge operations of cargo of plywood at Fernandino Port, Florida on 26 June 2022.
* The fire was later extinguished by the local fire brigade.
* It is possible that General Average / Recovery issues may arise as a result of this casualty.
* We therefore recommend that you contact us if you are concerned with any cargo on board this vessel so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.