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NAPLES, Italy — Officials have begun damage inspections on several hundred vehicles and household goods belonging to military employees that were on a cargo vessel that caught fire in the Atlantic earlier this month.

The 52,000-ton ship MV Courage returned to Bremerhaven, Germany, last week so military officials and shipping representatives could remove its cargo for a close look at whether property was damaged. The military says 461 personal vehicles were aboard the ship and 204 personal property shipments, often called household goods, or HHG.

Plans now call for the cargo to be reloaded and shipped on July 5 or 6 on another cargo vessel out of Bremerhaven.

As of Monday, 209 of the vehicles had been offloaded from six decks of the Courage and were scheduled for inspection, according to an update from Naval Supply Systems Command in Sicily. The Pasha Group, the company handling the HHG, reported few problems beyond soot on the containers removed so far.

Inspectors with the company contracted to move the vehicles for personnel changing duty station, International Auto Logistics, are washing the cars and checking for damage, according to the update. International has said it will contact owners after inspections are finished and will handle all claims.

The Army’s 598th Transportation Brigade is overseeing the inspections for the military. It released a flier on Monday with contact information for International and instructions on how to make an inconvenience claim based on late delivery of property.

Those who receive their cars less than seven days after the required delivery date should contact their local finance office, according to the flier. Those receiving it more than seven days after the required delivery date need to contact International at 855-389-9499 or claims@ialpov.us, according to the flier. Those wishing to file an inconvenience claim for household goods should contact their moving company.

No one was injured in the fire, which occurred June 2, while the ship was on its way to Southampton, England, its first stop after leaving Bremerhaven. The ship’s fire suppression system used carbon dioxide to extinguish the blaze. The military household goods and vehicles are part of regular servicemember and civilian moves between Europe, the U.K. and U.S. Summer is a busy time for military movers.

beardsley.steven@stripes.com

Twitter: @sjbeardsley

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