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Two troubled transpacific containerships arrive at Long Beach

TWO troubled transpacific containerships have arrived at the Port of Long Beach having suffered severe difficulties on their transpacific voyages

16 April 2021 - 04:20
TWO troubled transpacific containerships have arrived at the Port of Long Beach having suffered severe difficulties on their transpacific voyages.

The 13,092-TEU Maersk Eureka has docked in Long Beach after its engine broke down March 12 mid-Pacific, allegedly because of 'bad fuel', reported LA-area's gCaptain.



The Maersk Eureka joined another recently arrived troubled vessel, the 14,000-TEU ONE Apus that departed the Port of Kobe on March 16, having suffered the loss of 1,816 containers overboard in a storm last November out of Kobe.



The Maersk Eureka now faces serious congestion in Long Beach, while the ONE Apus after losing its boxes in a storm returned to Kobe to discharge is surviving containers, before heading for Long Beach as previously scheduled, reported Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News.



Maersk reported March 30 that its Maersk Eureka was located some 650 miles off Dutch Harbor and the tug had just arrived at the vessel. On March 31, Maersk reported that repairs were successful and the Maersk Eureka was undergoing sea trials before continuing to Long Beach.



After its ship had to turn off its engine, Maersk said: 'While there is currently rough weather still expected in the next three to five days, the Eureka and her cargo onboard are maintaining stability through minor swells. At this time, the vessel operators have confirmed the ship is holding steady and there are no concerns at this time. We continue to monitor and take actions to prevent any cargo loss.'



The ship was underway from Asia to Long Beach when it was forced to shut off its main engine to replace a damaged fuel pump. The ship was first able to continue, but the engine again had to be shut down for two days, leaving the 366-metre ship adrift for weeks before an ocean-going tug from Dutch Harbor arrived with replacement parts.



The vessel is operated on Maersk's Transpacific 3/MSC's Sequoia service connecting Ningbo and Shanghai, China with Long Beach, although on this voyage the ship made an inducement call in Yokohama, Japan prior to setting sail across the Pacific.


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