Maersk Eureka arrives in Long Beach after engine breakdown in Pacific

Container ship Maersk Eureka (IMO 9501239) has berthed in Long Beach, California more than a month after its engine broke down the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The container ship was travelling from Yokohama to Long Beach with an ETA of March 22nd when on March 11th a fuel pump breakdown prevented the restoration of main engine stability. That forced the captain to shut off the main engine on March 12th.

The ship was at first able to continue at a reduced pace, but the engine again had to be shut off two days later, which left the vessel adrift until an ocean-going tug from Dutch Harbour, Alaska arrived with replacement parts.

The tug arrived on March 30th when the Maersk Eureka was about 650 miles off Dutch Harbour. Repairs did not take long and on March 31st Maersk reported that the Maersk Eureka was undergoing sea trials before continuing its voyage to Long Beach.

An update from Maersk earlier this week said that vessel had now safely berthed at the TTI terminal at the Port of Long Beach. Maersk said that no cargo on the 13,100 teu vessel had been damaged in the incident.

Maersk Eureka runs the Transpacific 3/MSC’s Sequoia service, connecting Ningbo and Shanghai, China with Long Beach.

2012-built, Singapore-flagged, 142,121 gt Maersk Eureka is owned by Southern Hawk Shipping Pte Ltd care of Maersk AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. ISM manager is Synergy Maritime Pvt Ltd of Chennai, India. It is entered with Japan Club (Singapore office in charge) on behalf of Southern HawkShipping Pte Ltd.