Maerks Line is reporting that the crew is safe as they work to assess the extent of the loss and additional details of the incident.
An 11-year-old boxship, the 13,100 TEU Maersk Eindhoven registered in Denmark experienced an engine stop in heavy seas near Japan on February 17. Maersk reports that the vessel lost a number of containers overboard during the incident, while MSC issued a customer advisory saying that “preliminary advice from the vessel operator suggests that several hundred containers have been lost overboard, although we have not yet been informed whether any MSC customer cargo was impacted.”
Propulsion has been restored on the vessel and according to Maersk the ship is expected to divert to the nearest port in Asia.
Maersk said in a statement; “We view this as a serious situation which will be investigated promptly and thoroughly. Operations and vessel safety are our highest priority and we will be taking any necessary steps to minimize the risk of similar incidents occurring in the future. A customer communications plan and claims process were urgently put in place for those customers impacted.”
In recent weeks, the accidents that resulted in the loss of 750 containers near Hawaii by another Maersk ship, Maersk Essen, caught in a storm in the Pacific, and the ship ONE Apus lost a record number of containers, has led to an escalation of discussions about the difficulties and problems in container shipping.