Danish container ship giant Maersk has provided further details on the container loss from Maersk Eindhoven while en route from Xiamen, China, to Los Angeles, California, on 17 February.
The Maersk Eindhoven experienced a loss of engine propulsion for 3-4 minutes about 45 nautical miles off Northern Japan in heavy seas on February 17, 2021. The loss of maneuverability resulted in severe rolling with 260 containers overboard and 65 containers damaged on deck.
Propulsion power was quickly restored on the vessel and the initial analysis indicates engine oil pressure triggered a safety feature, causing the engines to shut down. No malfunction or maintenance issues have been identified,
The crew is safe and a complete investigation is ongoing. The vessel has had no further incidents and is sailing in calm seas, returning to a North Asia port for inspection and repair. The port decision will be announced shortly.
Commenting on the incident, Maersk said that they view this as a serious situation which will be investigated promptly.
Preliminary reports show slight damage with minimal repairs required to the vessel. We continue to take the situation very seriously and are in the process of conducting a complete investigation of the incident.
Maersk Eindhoven is a 13,100 TEU container vessel sailing under the Danish flag.
Once the vessel is in port and surveyed, we will have more specific details on the extent of damaged containers and the amount of time required to fix the vessel and determine the cargo contingency options.