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Evergreen levies US$35,000 per box fine for misdeclared hazmat


Hefty carrier fines for misdeclaration of cargo have been imposed with Taiwan's Evergreen issuing the highest yet, reports Singapore's Splash 247.
Boxship fires have been a constant in shipping news headlines this year. Insurer TT Club has found there is now a major containership fire at sea on average every 60 days.
Evergreen has told clients that any omission, concealment or misdeclaration of hazardous cargo that it finds will result in fines of $35,000 per container.
Other carriers have issued warnings of fines for misdeclared cargo. OOCL and Maersk have not specified how much they will be charging while Hapag-Lloyd and HMM have said they'll hit clients with a $15,000 per box charge.
According to the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), nearly 25 per cent of all serious incidents onboard containerships are attributable to misdeclared cargos with insurer TT CLUB warning recently that a major fire breaks out on a boxship every 60 days, the most recent example being onboard the 10,106-TEU APL Le Havre, which suffered a severe blaze in the aft of the ship when a fire broke out in six containers.
Surveyors are assessing the damage to the Le Havre. The ship was en route from Karachi to Mumbai when a fire was reported in six containers located in the aft section near the accommodation block.
The fire was brought under control after four hours of fire-fighting and was then escorted to Mundra port outer anchorage. No crew were injured during the blaze.

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