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Swiss shipping major MSC to cover costs related to Maersk Elba fire

Swiss shipping major MSC to cover costs related to Maersk Elba fire

The Swiss shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has agreed to cover the costs associated with the fire on board the Maersk Elba container ship in order not to declare the General Average to the vessel operator.

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“This decision was taken to avoid additional costs or delays for our customers as a result of this incident,” MSC said in a statement.

Maersk Elba was carrying cargo for MSC customers as part of the Shogun-Pearl operation at the time of the incident.

In late December 2020, when en route from Suez to Felixtowe, the Denmark-flagged boxship suffered a burn.

“The ship is currently in Algeciras undergoing temporary repairs from where it will continue directly to Wilhelmshaven, Germany, where cargo will be offloaded. The ETD is still to be confirmed, but it is currently expected to be 20 January,” MSC added.

The 13,092 TEU ship was later towed for repairs to the Port of Algeciras in Spain.

Maersk Elba, founded in South Korea in 2011, is owned by the Financial Products Group of Japan and run by the Danish shipping firm Maersk, a member of MSC in the 2M alliance.

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