We were instructed in respect of a cargo claim relating to alleged wetting of a grain cargo bound for Yemen. Surveyors were appointed and attended in the usual way to assess the damage and allow for security to be put in place. Silver nitrate tests determined that the water ingress was salt water and attention then focussed on the condition of the hatch covers. A run of the mill cargo claim was then anything but because the port was then bombed by the Saudi Air Force. The container cranes were knocked out and bomb damage was strewn across the quayside. The crew spent an uncomfortable night deep in the engine room.
A classic case of a relatively straight forward case being made more difficult by taking place in a complex environment.