Ultra Large Container Ship record number of lost containers UPDATE Dec 4
Dec 4 UPDATE: ONE APUS is steaming towards Kobe Japan, ETA Dec 7, understood 1816 TEU were lost.
Latest UPDATE from ship’s manager:
Singapore, December 4, 2020. Update No 4.
Chidori Ship Holding LLC as owners and NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd as managers of the container vessel ONE Apus (IMO# 9806079) can confirm that a revised estimate of lost units now stands at 1,816, of which some 64 are believed to be Dangerous Goods containers.
The vessel is cautiously proceeding to the port of Kobe, Japan with an ETA of December 8, after encountering severe weather on Monday, November 30, 2020, and losing sections of its load.
The priority remains on getting the vessel and crew safely to port. Once berthed, it’s expected to take some time to offload the dislodged containers that remain on board. Then, a thorough assessment will be made on the exact number and type of containers that have been lost or damaged.
Once the ONE Apus is in port and deemed safe, a full investigation will be conducted into this incident in conjunction with the Flag State and the relevant maritime authorities.
A notification was sent to the JRCC in Honolulu and Guam with maritime navigational warnings subsequently broadcast. We are continuing to liaise with the JRCC in Honolulu, who have advised that there have not been sightings of any containers as yet.
ONE, operator and NYK, managers of container ship ONE APUS, issued situation update on Dec 2, acknowledging what looks like, record number of lost and damaged containers in stormy weather event, some 1,900 units. As of 1300 UTC Dec 2, the ship was sailing in opposite to her voyage true course direction, apparently in an attempt to stabilize the ship and cargo, and avoid more losses, by sailing through areas with favorable weather conditions. ONE and NYK Shipmanagement should be credited for honesty and transparency in reporting the details of this major accident.
Singapore, December 2, 2020 Update No 1.
Chidori Ship Holding LLC as owners and NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd as managers of the container vessel ONE Apus (IMO# 9806079) report that the ship is now proceeding in a westerly direction towards Japan with plans to seek a suitable port to right unstable containers, assess any damages and determine the exact numbers of containers lost after encountering severe weather on the night of Monday, November 30 2020.
The vessel was on passage from Yantian, China to Long Beach, USA approximately 1600NM North West of Hawaii, when it encountered a violent storm cell producing gale-force winds and large swells which caused the ONE Apus to roll heavily resulting in the dislodging of the lost containers.
A notification was sent to the JRCC in Honolulu and Guam with maritime navigational warnings subsequently broadcast.
Early investigations onboard the ONE Apus have determined that the impacted container bays remain unsafe for close-quarter inspections; however, it is estimated that the number of lost or damaged units could exceed 1,900, of which some 40 are believed to be DG containers.
Our focus remains on getting the ship to a safe port to ensure the ongoing safety of the crew, the vessel and the cargo on board.
A full investigation will be conducted into this incident in conjunction with the Flag State and the relevant maritime authorities.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.
Crew member shared a picture of ONE APUS after containers stacks collapsed.
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