A.P. Møller – Maersk has confirmed that MAERSK EINDHOVEN, a 13100 TEU container ship sailing under the Denmark flag has lost a very significant number of containers overboard in the Pacific Ocean on 17 February 2021.
As per the statement released by A.P. Møller – Maersk, the vessel – Maersk Eindhoven – experienced an engine stop in harsh weather near Japan on the 17th February 2021, while en route from Xiamen, China, to Los Angeles, California.
In addition to the containers lost overboard, and in line with other similar recent incidents, it is also very likely that some containers will have collapsed or been damaged in the affected stacks, but remain on board.
The 366.46 meters long vessel has has restored propulsion and is understood to have turned back towards Asia to seek a port of refuge. The Maersk Eindhoven had been due to arrive at the Port of LA on March 1.
This is the second incident within a month where Maersk container ship have lost a significant number of containers. Last month only Maersk Essen lost approximately 750 containers overboard on the same route, that time also heavy seas in the North Pacific were blamed.
The incident has raised serious concerns about the safety of cargo onboard large container ships as this is the fifth incident since November 2020 when a container ship has lost a significant number of containers overboard.