Another container ship has spilled up to 750 boxes into the sea, just weeks after the ONE Apus lost around 1,900.
Maersk Essen, enroute from Xiamen to Los Angeles and carrying up to 13,092 teu, reportedly during severe weather, lost a “very significant number of containers overboard in the Pacific Ocean on 16 January”, according to cargo casualty management company WK Webster.
According to FleetMon, up to 100 floating containers are drifting north-west of Honolulu.
While it is thought up to 750 containers may have been lost overboard, and it is also likely that, like with the ONE Apus, others will be damaged in affected stacks. These boxes will need to be removed and repositioned, noted WK Webster.
But unlike the ONE Apus, the Maersk Essen is continuing to its destination of Los Angeles, where it is expected to arrive on Saturday. WK Webster is arranging for surveyors to investigate and carry out cargo surveys.
It said the ship, set to go to Cai Mep, Vietnam next, would likely be delayed and anyone that had insured cargo onboard the ship should contact WK Webster as soon as possible.
More on this story coming later.