Maersk has said that the Maersk Eindhoven (IMO 9456771), in the Pacific en route from China to southern California, lost 260 containers in the Pacific on February 16th. There was, however, no information on how many containers were damaged in the incident The vessel turned around after the accident and is returning to an Asian port.
Maersk said that the TP6 Maersk Eindhoven’s engine stopped “in harsh weather near Japan on February 17th 2021” and that this had “resulted in 260 containers overboard”.
Maersk said that more details would be known “as surveys continue and once the ship arrives in port. We cannot at this stage say anything about the potential delay to the containers currently onboard.”
The ship was en route from Xiamen, China, to Los Angeles, California and remained in rough seas on February 18th. “Despite the challenging conditions, the vessel has been successful in turning around and we are currently assessing nearest suitable port options in Asia to berth the vessel”, said Maersk.
Maersk said that it would “prioritize calling customers where containers may have been lost or sustained potential damage”.
Maersk said that it regarded this as “a serious situation” that would be investigated immediately and thoroughly. The company said that it would take “the necessary steps to minimize the risk of similar incidents occurring in the future”.
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.