Owner declares General Average on ONE-operated vessel after fire

Northern Jupiter. Credit: HASENPUSCH. DIETMAR

Pan-Japanese carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) said that the owner of one of its chartered container ships, the 8,400-TEU Northern Jupiter, has declared general average on the vessel after fire broke out in its engine room.

In an advisory sent to customers on 23 January 2020, ONE said that the incident happened on 4 January as the 2010-built Northern Jupiter was sailing from Singapore to Port Klang.

The fire was extinguished but the main engine sustained damage.

Northern Jupiter was anchored in the vicinity of the Malacca Straits and was awaiting clearance from Malaysia maritime authorities for the vessel to be towed back to a Singapore anchorage for further assessment of the damage.

On 8 January, the class survey report was completed, and the Malaysian side gave the green light for Northern Jupiter to be towed to Singapore the following day.

On 14 January, Northern Jupiter reached a Singapore anchorage for detailed inspection to assess the extent of damage and further plan. The ship remains docked for inspections and repairs in Singapore. 

IHS Markit’s data shows that Northern Jupiter is owned by German tonnage provider Norddeutsche Vermogen Holding.

ONE said that the shipowner has appointed Stichling Hahn Hilbrich (Hamburg & London) as average adjusters. They will be arranging for the collection of General Average securities from parties concerned in cargo, containers, and bunkers.

The General Average principle requires stakeholders to proportionally share any losses resulting from a voluntary sacrifice of part of the ship or cargo to save the whole unit.