Containership loses up to 50 containers after storm in North Pacific

Containership ONE Apus (IMO 9806079) is reported to have lost up to 50 containers overboard while operating on Ocean Network Express’s Far East Pacific 2 (FP2) service in the North Pacific 1.600 nautical miles Northwest of Hawaii late on November 30th local time. The ship, was en route from Yantian to Long Beach. It changed course southwards after it encountered a storm cell producing gale-force winds and large swells, These caused the ship to roll heavily, which caused the containers to dislodge and fall overboard. The Master diverted the vessel to ensure the ongoing safety of the crew and ship until conditions eased.

A notification was sent to the USCG in Honolulu. The NYK Shipmanagement said that it was coordinating with stakeholders to find a port of refuge for the vessel to assess any damage and to determine the numbers of containers lost. A full investigation will be conducted into this incident in conjunction with the Flag State and the relevant maritime authorities.

ONE Apus is a 14,000 teu containership built in 2019 measuring 364-meters in length. The vessel operates on Far East Pacific 2 (FP2) Service.

Casualty management company WK Webster said this morning that it was also “very likely” that some containers on board would have collapsed or otherwise damaged in the affected stacks, but without falling overboard. WK Webster said that these containers might need to be removed at any port of refuge, or be restowed and secured.

The casualty manager said that, in addition to recovery issues arising in respect of lost and/or damaged cargo, the schedule for the ONE Apus seemed “almost certain to be delayed”, which might therefore also adversely affect any time sensitive or refrigerated cargoes on board.

2019-built, Japan-flagged, 146,694 gt One Apus is owned by Chidori Ship Holding LLC care of manager NYK Line of Tokyo, Japan. ISM manager is NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Japan Club (Singapore Office in Charge) on behalf of Chidori Shipholding LLC.