The operators of “Jumbo Kingdom” do not receive any insurance money

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The operators of “Jumbo Kingdom” do not receive any insurance money


The “Jumbo Kingdom” is located in the port of Aberdeen in the south of Hong Kong. During the Corona pandemic the ship was closed in March 2020.

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After the “Jumbo Kingdom” capsized, speculation arose in Hong Kong: Was the accident on the world’s largest restaurant ship deliberately caused to collect an insurance sum? On the other hand, the operator defends himself: You will not benefit from the accident.

One week after the Jumbo Kingdom, the world’s largest restaurant ship, capsized, many questions remain unanswered. Where is the ship, whether it has now sunk or why there are no photos of the accident scene – the operators of the “Jumbo Kingdom” do not give any information about it. This fueled rumors in Hong Kong and Chinese special administrative region media that insurance fraud could also be committed with the accident. (Read more about it here)

However, operators are now opposed to this. The ship has cargo insurance to protect and indemnify third parties, says a press release star Present. “This insurance covers third party damages, not the company’s,” says the letter from Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises, which was sent by a contracted public relations agency. Accordingly, only damage to other ships or objects caused by the “Jumbo Kingdom” will be compensated, but no damage to the restaurant ship. Therefore, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises does not receive any payment from its own insurance.

The 2,300-seat “Jumbo Kingdom” was berthed in Aberdeen, Hong Kong from 1976 until mid-June. At the end of May, the operators announced that the ship would be taken to an initially unknown location. In its press release, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises also refers to high costs when deciding to do so. The ship has lost more than twelve million euros since 2013, with the beginning of the corona pandemic it was closed in March 2020 and no longer generated any income. In their statement, the operators rejected accusations that the “Jumbo Kingdom” was unsuitable for transport. “The company hired international marine engineers to inspect the ship and obtained permission from the authorities before the ship left Hong Kong.”

“Jumbo Kingdom”: capsized or sank?

The operators also defend themselves against the accusation that the case was reported too late to the responsible naval authority. According to its own information, the Navy Bureau learned of the disaster in the South China Sea through media reports. Under Hong Kong regulations, a spill involving a Hong Kong-registered vessel must be reported within 24 hours. This obligation was fulfilled with a statement on Monday and a detailed report was presented on Thursday.

This was also confirmed by the Navy Office on Thursday and also stated that the “Jumbo Kingdom” had not yet sunk. Operators also confirm this in their message on Sunday. “When the ship passed the Paracel Islands, the water entered the ship and it started to tilt.” A tugboat tried to save the ship, but it capsized. With their first message on June 20, the operators caused a lot of confusion. It was also stated there that the “Jumbo Kingdom” had capsized, but also that the depth of the water at the crash site was 1000 meters and would make rescue difficult. International media then announced the sinking of the ship, and it was not until Thursday that the public relations agency in charge clarified that the “Jumbo Kingdom” had not sunk, after the port authority announced it. Consequently, the tug is currently located near the accident site to “ensure the safety of the waterway.”

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