Containership Maersk Eindhoven (IMO 9456771) lost an as-yet-unknown number of boxes while in the Pacific on February 17th, en route from Xiamen, China, to California, USA. The number of containers lost overboard was thought to number in the hundreds. The incident was understood to have occurred after the vessel sailed out of Hokkaido shelter.
The incident occurred near Japan. The 13,100 teu vessel is a sister ship to the Maersk Essen (IMO 9456783), which lost up to 750 containers on January 16th while in mid-Pacific, also en route from Asia to the US.
The crew of the Maersk Eindhoven were reported as safe, with propulsion restored.
Maersk Eindhoven turned back early on February 18th, sailing westwards at about 17 knots, heading for an Asian port.
Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), a vessel partner with Maersk, stated on its site that the Maersk Eindhoven had lost several hundred containers overboard because of an engine stop during heavy weather. Maersk reported that the vessel lost a number of containers overboard during the incident.
This was the sixth reported incident of boxes lost at sea since November 30th last year.
Maersk said that “we view this as a serious situation which will be investigated promptly and thoroughly”, adding that “operations and vessel safety are our highest priority and we will be taking any necessary steps to minimize the risk of similar incidents occurring in the future. A customer communications plan and claims process were urgently put in place for those customers impacted.”
The Maersk Essen diverted to Mexico and the Port of Lazaro Cardenas. It was provisionally set to weigh anchor any day now and head for Los Angeles to unload the containers that are still on board.
– either to avoid further losses and evade unfavourable wind and sea, or having to seek for nearest port/shelter. Containers loss may be a major one.
Many containers were reported as adrift in the North Pacific, east of the Kuril islands
2010-built, Denmark-flagged, 141,716 gt Maersk Eindhoven is owned by Jiamao International Shipping care of Maersk AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Jiamao International Shipping.
2010-built, Denmark-flagged, 141,716 gt Maersk Eindhoven is owned by Ocean Fei Shipping Ltd care of Maersk AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Ocean Fei Shipping Ltd.