Around 1,900 containers were lost or damaged when a storm hit the 14,000 TEU ONE Apus 1600NM North West of Hawaii on 30 November.
A statement on a special website set up for the incident said: “The vessel was en-route from Yantian, China to Long Beach, USA when it encountered a storm cell producing gale-force winds and large swells which caused the ONE Apus to roll heavily resulting in the containers to dislodge and fall into the ocean. The Master diverted the vessel to ensure the ongoing safety of the crew and ship until conditions eased”.
It is being widely reported that over 1,900 containers have been lost overboard, but that could be an exaggerated figure. A picture now circulating on twitter shows a number of stacks have collapsed, but not fallen overboard. Vessel owner Chidori Ship Holding LLC and the operator NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd said the estimated “number of lost or damaged units could exceed 1,900, of which some 40 are believed to be DG containers.” It is not known how many of the estimated 1,900 boxes are lost overboard, and how many are damaged containers still onboard. The advisory said that the impacted container bays remain unsafe for inspections at sea.
The latest update is the Apus is proceeding to Kobe, Japan with an ETA of 8 December. As the flag state Japan will be the investigating country.
This is the second time in recent weeks a ONE vessel has lost boxes overboard. On 30 October the ONE Quila, a sister ship to the Apus, lost 100 containers on its way from China to Long Beach.