The insured's cargo
had broken lose on passage soon after leaving load port. The resulting damage
caused by the cargo was irreparable destruction of the cargo/equipment that had
broken lose, which in turn severely damaged the vessels cargo space.


·         All the equipment lashings and securing arrangements had failed by various methods

·         The various pieces of equipment weighing up 36t each were totally smashed beyond 
          economical repair

·         This in turn led to heavy secondary damages to adjacent stowed machinery and equipment

·         Further damages occurred to the vessels hold, bulkheads, decks and adjacent tanks including

          fuel tanks

·         Fuel from the damaged fuel tanks had severely contaminated cargo and the cargo hold

Amount claimed circa: USD 2,000,000 +

·         Remove debris from the hold

·         Identify at what point the cargo boke lose, how it broke loose and how the incident was

          addressed and mitigated.

·         Removal of all damaged and contaminated cargo

·         Cleaning and decontamination of all removed cargo

·         Cargo condition assessed to establish its condition for either further transportation or return to 
          the original suppliers for repair or replacement

·         Re-load the undamaged cleaned cargo ensuring a load and lashing plan is prepared.

·         Verify cargo has been reloaded correctly ensuring the cargo fulfills the vessels stability and loading

          manual requirements

·         Master and Marine Warranty Surveyor to approve the loading and securing arrangements

·         Cargo demurrage costs

·         Vessel hire loss

Lessons learnt:

·         Verify weather forecasts before departure and utilise weather routing as necessary

·         ensure cargo is loaded as per the vessels cargo loading manual

·         Verify the cargo is lashed satisfactorily with the appropriate dunnage and quantity of lashings

·         Ensure all lashings come with the appropriate certification

·         When bilge alarms operate investigate the cause as soon as it’s safe to do so

·         Contact the coastguard for assistance and guidance

·         If the cargo is in a dangerous state the vessel has the option to heave-to until the cargo is re-secured

·         Contact the Owner and if required the P&I soonest