I wanted to let all my customers know about some valuable information regarding cargo insurance and cargo loss. With the recent "beaching" of the MSC NAPOLI , I find it imperative to let everyone know about the problems that can arise if your cargo is on a vessel that has an incident at sea.

Did you Know ?

1) If you ship cargo on a vessel and the engine room catches fire at sea "YOU" can be liable for the cost of any rescue mission and or vessel damage !

2) The steamship line and freight forwarder liability for a "lost at sea" container (unit) is 500.00 U.S. Dollars?

Hundreds of Containers Lost from MSC Napoli -Coastguards are on alert after severe gales rocked a beached cargo ship in Lyme Bay throwing up to 150 containers into the sea as she suffered a 35 degree list to starboard. The MSC Napoli is carrying nearly 2,400 containers, and was beached near to Sidmouth in east Devon to prevent her sinking.

Coastguards are advising that a Temporary Danger Area has also been set up around the vessel extending to a range of 3 miles and 2000ft. The London registered ship was at the centre of a storm-lashed rescue operation in the English Channel on Thursday after it was disabled when the engine room flooded more than 40 miles from the Cornish coast. All 26 crew of the 62,000-tonne Napoli were plucked to safety by Royal Navy rescue helicopters as they abandoned the ship in 40ft seas and 70mph winds. (pictured above)

After the rescue operation had finished the drifting vessel was secured and was being towed to Portland for a salvage operation but the MCA took the decision to beach it following a "serious structural failure".

Overnight Saturday, following the adverse weather conditions, the situation surrounding the MSC Napoli deteriorated and the vessel rolled over to 30 degrees. In total 158 containers are believed to have been lost, of which 2 contained dangerous goods. One of those contains perfume and battery acid, and the other contains small car parts such as air bag pre-tensioners.

The owners of the vessel have now appointed contractors to recover containers and materials lost from the vessel. The Coastguard Rescue Officers and police have been searching the shoreline and so far about 40 containers have been located ashore. Members of the public are being warned not to approach any container they may find but to report it to Portland Coastguard.

French barrel maker loses over €100k in Napoli grounding

January 26, 2007

Oliver Styles

French barrel maker Tonnellerie Boutes has lost over €100k of barrels in the wreck of container ship MSC Napoli off the UK coast.

The Bordeaux tonnellerie lost 168 barrels, made from Allier and Vosges oak and each worth €650 (£427) on average, in the wreck. All the barriques were destined for winemakers in South Africa. 'The barrels are definitively lost,' Mr Morise, Boutes' head of marketing, told 'Once sea water has come into contact with them, they can no longer be used.' Pictures of scavengers on the Devon coast near Branscombe showed them walking away with the pristine French oak barrels. When quizzed by journalists, one scavenger said 'yeah, they're totally empty – more's the pity'.

Morise said that although the loss was covered by transport insurance and that the company had not lost money, it had lost time. 'Although most will get by, there will be a few winemakers who will be in great difficulty,' he said. 'You can't just replace 168 hand-made barrels overnight and by the nature of the business, timing is essential.' Boutes sends 60% of its export via container ship and plans to send the replacement barrels, once made, by the same medium, forcing customers to wait several weeks.

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