Mega Boxship Loses 750 Containers Overboard


According to a W K Webster and Co Ltd post, a mega containership lost up to 750 containers in the Pacific Ocean.

What happened?

It has been reported that Maersk’s containership lost a very significant number of containers overboard in the Pacific Ocean on 16 January 2021. 

The incident occurred on passage from Xiamen, China to the port of Los Angeles, USA.

It is reported that up to 750 containers may have been lost overboard. Some containers might have collapsed or been damaged in the affected stacks.

Voyage continued

The vessel is understood to be continuing its voyage to Los Angeles where she is scheduled to arrive possibly as early as 22nd January.

Investigation & survey

W K Webster said that they will make arrangements for surveyors to be in place in order to investigate the cause of the incident and to attend to any cargo surveys as may be necessary. 

According to Wall Street Journal article, Maersk said, “All crew members are safe and a detailed cargo assessment is ongoing while the vessel continues on her journey.”

“The U.S. Coast Guard, flag state and relevant authorities have been notified. We view this as a very serious situation which will be investigated promptly and thoroughly.”

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Source: WKWebster , WSJ


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