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Maersk Ship Loses 750 Boxes Overboard in Pacific

PortandTerminal.com, January 21, 2021

COPENHAGEN – A Maersk cargo ship lost as many as 750 containers in the Pacific Ocean while sailing through heavy seas from China to Los Angeles. This latest incident is just one of a recent spate of incidents in which boxes carrying millions of dollars’ worth of goods have gone overboard.

This latest incident occurred on January 16, 2021, and involved the 13,100 TEU capacity Maersk Essen, according to a casualty report by WK Webster (WKW), a cargo casualty management firm. The cargo loss is believed to be the result of severe weather.

Several other container vessels have lost large numbers of boxes overboard in recent months in a spurt of accidents that maritime industry officials say had been declining.

The One Apus container vessel, operated by Singapore-based Ocean Network Express, lost around 2,000 boxes in November when it hit a storm off Hawaii on its way to Long Beach, Calif., from Yantian, China. The ship eventually sailed to Kobe, Japan, with hundreds of tipped-over containers sitting precariously onboard and remains there for repairs and an investigation into the cause of the incident.

People involved in the investigations said insurance claims from the One Apus could reach more than $220 million.

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