Due to bad weather, a vessel operated by A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) lost roughly 90 containers.

The 4,578 TEU Dyros box ship lost a major percentage of its cargo in the North Pacific Ocean on March 21. Nine of these containers were marked as risky goods and included lithium-ion batteries and other equipment.

A Maersk official told PTI that another 100 containers were damaged, but no crew members were hurt.

The incident happened as the ship was sailing from Yantian, China, to Seattle, Washington. The ship may continue its voyage and is on its way to a safe port.

“Crew, vessel and operations safety are of highest importance, and we are working closely together with the ship managers, and we view this as a very serious incident which will be investigated thoroughly with the aim of minimising the risk of similar incidents in the future.”

Marine claims consultants WK Webster added: “The full extent of the loss of cargo overboard and of any accompanying physical damage to containers remaining onboard the vessel may not become clear until the vessel arrives at Seattle.

“We are therefore making arrangements to ascertain the extent of losses on board the vessel upon the vessel’s arrival there and we have cargo surveyors on hand to arrange inspection of any damaged cargo when access to that cargo is permitted.”

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Maersk is one of several shipping lines that has temporarily halted bookings to and from Russia.

Customers could also expect severe delays because nations like the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany are delaying warships en route to Russia in search of prohibited commodities, especially dual-use items.

Maersk also stated lately that it will sell its share in terminal operator Global Ports Group.


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