The discharge of damaged cargo from the containership Yantian Express is expected to take five weeks, said Ocean Network Express, an alliance member of ship owner Hapag-Lloyd, Monday in a customer advisory.
According to the advisory, operations to unload the cargo damaged by an early January fire onboard the ship were ongoing at a facility in Freeport, Bahamas. Undamaged cargo, however, cannot be discharged at the 7,150-TEU vessel’s current location, which is a temporary yard meant to handle only the distressed cargo, ONE said.
Although there is a containerized terminal berth “in the vicinity,” according to the advisory, the terminal may not have sufficient capacity for sound cargo.
“Alternative options are currently being investigated,” ONE said.
In February, ONE said the discharge of distressed containers could take up to two months once operations began.