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Dramatic accident ends up as multi-million dollar expense at J. Lauritzen

Dry bulk operator J. Lauritzen and Singapore-based Bibby Transport are liable to pay damages for the cargo and legal costs related to a dramatic accident in 2017. J. Lauritzen accepts the ruling.

Photo: PR/J. Lauritzen

It was a grave and fatal error that led to the overheating of NPK fertilizer on board dry bulker MV Cheshire in August 2017, causing the hull to gradually reach a critical temperature of 120 degrees celsius. After struggling to secure both the cargo and the ship, the crew ended up having to give up and evacuate.

Now the Norwegian Appeal Court (Borgarting) has assigned responsibility for the dramatic accident as well as named the party liable to pay damages estimated at USD 30 million.

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