On Feb 16, many containers were found adrift in the North Pacific ocean, close to the Kuril Islands. This was later confirmed by MAERSK that it’s vessel MAERSK EINDHOVEN had sailed into rough weather while sailing the Pacific ocean out of Hokkaido shelter.
“After having experienced an engine stop in heavy seas near Japan in her crossing from Xiamen, China to Los Angeles, California on Maersk’s TP6 Asia/US West Coast-service, the vessel Maersk Eindhoven regrettably lost 260 containers overboard,” said Maersk.
According to Maersk, prima facie, the cause of the accident is attributed to a sudden engine stop and loss of manoeuvring in rough seas which led to severe rolling. Maersk is further investigating the incident.
This is the third such incident of huge container losses, within a month’s time.