Container ship loses 1800 containers during storm


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ONE Apus Arrives in Kobe, Revealing Cargo Loss of Epic Proportions

Mike Schuler / Total Views: 13104 / December 8, 2020

The containership ONE Apus arrived at the Port of Kobe, Japan on Tuesday after its eight-day trek from the middle of Pacific Ocean where it lost nearly 2,000 containers during a storm.

“Chidori Ship Holding LLC as owners and NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd as managers of the container vessel ONE Apus (IMO# 9806079) can confirm that the ship is now safely berthed in the Port of Kobe after losing 1,816 containers overboard when it encountered severe weather on Monday, November 30, 2020,” the latest update said.

While there a full safety inspection of the vessel and its remaining cargo will take place to reveal the full extent of the damage.

“Once the vessel and cargo are declared safe, surveyors from the various stakeholders will make their initial assessments whilst stowage planners and stevedores formulate and implement a plan to ensure the safe removal of the remaining units,” the update said. “Then, a thorough evaluation will be made on the exact number and type of containers that have been lost or damaged and damage to the vessel.”

According to initial figures published the owners and manager, some 1,816 containers were lost overboard as a result of severe weather conditions when the ship was approximately 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. Among those lost were 64 Dangerous Goods containers, including 54 with fireworks, eight containing batteries and two with liquid ethanol.

According to the owners and managers, weather at the time of the cargo loss was reported as wind force 4 on the Beaufort Wind Scale, corresponding to 13-18 mph winds, with north-westerly seas of 5 to 6 meters and a “long high swell”. Weather maps however show significant wave heights of up to 16 meters associated with the weather system encountered by the vessel.

The ONE Apus is a 14,000 TEU containership built in 2019 measuring 364-meters in length and sailing under the Japanese flag. The vessel is operated by Ocean Network Express on the Far East Pacific 2 (FP2) Service. The vessel is one of seven 14,000 built for ONE Line, which was established in 2017 through the merger of the container businesses of major Japanese shipping companies Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd (“K” Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).

It’s hard to say how many boxes are impacted:

Record Cargo Loss

The cargo loss is believed to be the biggest weather-related cargo loss in history. Many online have also been asking how can something like this happen. While cargo loss of this magnitude is unprecedented, particularly when not involving fire or a shipwreck-type scenario, past incidents may hold some clues. For example, the Svendborg Maersk (lost 517 units in the Bay of Biscay in 2014) and MSC ZOE (lost 342 units in the North Sea in 2019) incidents, are previously two of the worst cargo losses on record................................


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Why do we feel it's necessary to yak about bullshi
Dec 27, 2001
Sanford, Florida
A cargo ship carrying $50M worth of brand new BMW's, Volvo's, and Saab's sank in the Dover Strait almost 20 years ago


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Mar 29, 2007
16’ isn’t scary on a vessel over 100 feet. For a ship that size to lose that many connex boxes there had to be something wrong with the lashing.

you mean the wayfair returns went missing 😉 😉

I would say fuck O N E but they suck way less than the rest. hope it was insured!

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