MV ONE APUS cargo loss could exceed 1,900 containers
👆update news ONE APUS arrived Kobe , japan
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An Ocean Network Express containership has lost a “significant” number of containers overboard in the Pacific Ocean approximately 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii, the ship’s manager has reported.
NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd said the containers were lost overboard during severe weather on Monday night (November 30) as the vessel was underway from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California. During the voyage, the vessel encounter a storm cell producing gale-force winds and large swells, causing the ship to roll heavily and resulting in the containers dislodging and falling into the ocean, the company said.
“The Master diverted the vessel to ensure the ongoing safety of the crew and ship until conditions eased,” it said.
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 operates on Ocean Network Express’s Far East Pacific 2 (FP2) Service.
“A notification was sent to the USCG in Honolulu and NYK Shipmanagement is coordinating with stakeholders to find a port of refuge for the vessel to assess any damages and determine the numbers of containers lost,” the statement from NYK Shipmanagement said.
“A full investigation will be conducted into this incident in conjunction with the Flag State and the relevant maritime authorities,” it added.
More information was expected to be released as it became available.
Notably, the update revised down the number of containers either lost or damaged from the original estimate of 1,900, to now 1,816 units, of which now 64 are believed to be Dangerous Goods containers.
The vessel continues to proceed to the Port of Kobe, Japan with an estimated arrival of December 7 or 8.
The ONE Apus suffered the incident after encountering severe weather on Monday, November 30, during its voyage from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California. The vessel was approximately 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii at the time.
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 Japan’s Ocean Network Express on the Far East Pacific 2 (FP2) Service.
“The priority remains on getting the vessel and crew safely to port. Once berthed, it’s expected to take some time to offload the dislodged containers that remain on board. Then, a thorough assessment will be made on the exact number and type of containers that have been lost or damaged,” the update said.
Today’s update from Chidori Ship Holding LLC and NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd, the owner and manager, respectively, provides some additional details about the incident and what will happen moving forward.
The update said weather at the time 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 around the time of the incident, however, show significant wave heights of up to 16 meters associated with the low pressure system.
“A notification was sent to the JRCC in Honolulu and Guam with maritime navigational warnings subsequently broadcast. We are continuing to liaise with the JRCC in Honolulu, who have advised that there have not been sightings of any containers as yet,” the update said.
It’s becoming more and more clear that this is likely the worst weather-related container loss in history. To give you a reference, assuming each container in this case is actually 40-foot, the 1,816 lost or damaged units could, at the high end of the spectrum, represent approximately 3,600 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), equivalent to about a quarter of the ship’s entire 14,000 TEU carrying.
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