Explosion & loss of ship

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A cargo carried in a container exploded, and the resulting fire resulted in the loss of the Member's ship. The original explosion was traced to a container which was carrying undeclared dangerous goods. Proceedings were subsequently commenced against the charterer for damages for the carriage of an undeclared dangerous cargo, comprising of the loss of the ship and loss of earnings. The total claimed was over $50 million.

The Club supported the proportion of costs relating to the loss of earnings claim and amounts falling within the Hull and Machinery deductible as well as a claim against the ship's loss of hire insurers. The remaining proportion of the costs were met by the ship's P&I and Hull insurers.

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