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First photo of container ship that lost 1,900 boxes in Pacific

PortandTerminal.com, December 3, 2020

LONG BEACH – Yesterday we reported that Japanese-flagged container ship MV ONE Apus, deployed on Ocean Network Express’ (ONE) Far East Pacific 2 (FP2) Service, has suffered a massive cargo loss while transiting the Pacific Ocean.

The ONE Apus was sailing from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California when it encountered heavy weather with gail-force winds and large swells which caused the ship to roll heavily. This ship was located approximately 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii at the time.

An estimated 1,900 containers were lost of damaged aboard the vessel. There are reports that 40 of the containers may contain hazardous materials. 

The vessel is now proceeding to the port of Kobe, Japan with an estimated arrival of December 8th.

The incident would mark the largest loss of containers since the June 2013 sinking of the MOL Comfort off Yemen, when 4,293 containers were lost, according to the World Shipping Council (WSC).

The photo below was shared today Twitter and appears to be real. We have not seen any other images to date of the vessel since it lost its containers.

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