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Next Steps: Main engine breakdown declared General Average

WK Webster confirms owners of the Northern Jupiter have declared General Average (GA) following a main engine breakdown.

On 4 January 2020 the fully cellular containership was navigating the Malacca Straits, and experienced a main engine breakdown. The vessel is currently at anchor at Singapore for inspection and repair.

Shipowners last night have declared General Average as a result of this casualty. Hence, General Average security will be required from all Cargo Interests prior to the delivery of their cargo. More details pertaining to the nature of cargo and complexities of salvage can be found here.

This incident is a reminder for what action to take when GA is declared. NTI advises next steps for those impacted:

For any undamaged cargo to be released by the ship and continue its voyage, those impacted are required to compete the below documents which may be used from the Average Adjuster:

  • Average Guarantee; to be forwarded to NTI for next steps
  • Average Bond;  to be completed by the insured
  • Salvage Agreement;  to be forwarded to NTI for next steps

In addition, NTI will also require the below information:

  1. Copy of Bill of Lading (front &  back)
  2. Commercial sales invoice
  3. Freight invoice
  4. Insurance certificate

NTI has appointed one of our marine claims experts – Kelvin Dias, as a dedicated touchpoint for sending through claims related documentation, and general queries surrounding the aforementioned events. Contact details for Kelvin are below:

Phone: +612 8227 7770

Looking for expert advice and further clarification around General Average & Salvage? Click here.

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