Thursday, January 21, 2021

Shipping: As Another Container Vessel Loses A Huge Number Of Boxes, Calls For Load Limits

From The Loadstar: 

Carriers face load restrictions after new container spill, from Maersk Essen

There are calls for an urgent review of container lashing practices and stack height restrictions after another box ship lost a huge number of containers in the Pacific Ocean.

The 13,092 teu Maersk Essen, en route from China to Los Angeles, lost approximately 750 containers on Saturday during heavy seas, confirmed the carrier.

Maersk said “all crewmembers are safe and a detailed cargo assessment is ongoing” as the ship continues its voyage.

According to a FleetMon report, up to 100 containers have been sighted drifting north-west of Honolulu. In their mostly submerged state, they will remain a serious hazard to small craft.

This is the third such serious incident on the tradelane in less than two months, the ONE Apus loss of more than 1,800 containers on 30 November the largest....