A containership lost a great number of containers overboard in the Pacific Ocean approximately 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii, as reported by the ship’s manager.
According to a statement issued by ONE (Ocean Network Express), the shipping company assisted owners and managers of container ship ONE APUS with investigations into the loss of containers overboard during severe inclement weather on 30 November 2020 as the vessel was transiting the Pacific Ocean.
It is stated that the vessel came across challenging weather conditions, sailing from Yantian, China to Long Beach, USA. The ship encountered gale-force winds and large swells around 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii, USA.
Thus, the severe weather conditions caused the vessel to roll heavily resulting in a yet-to-be-determined number of containers to dislodge and fall into the ocean.
A full investigation will be conducted into this incident in conjunction with the Flag State and the relevant maritime authorities.
In November, ONE Aquila experienced a container loss due to the bad weather off the US coast.
However, container loss remains a challenging issue, often resulting to many containers lost at sea, having environmental impact. According to the Swedish Club the most common factors leading to container loss include:
- Containers not being correctly stuffed or declared by the shipper
- Containers not being loaded as per the stowage plan
- Containers not secured in accordance with the Cargo Securing Manual (CSM)
- Lashing strengths not checked against the loading computer’s lashing module
- The vessel being too stiff with an excessive GM (Metacentric Height).