The containership ONE Apus arrived at the Port of Kobe, Jᴀᴘᴀɴ on Tuesday after its eight-day trek from the middle of the Pacific Ocean where it ʟᴏsᴛ nearly 2,000 containers during a storm. Chidori ship Holding LLC as owners and NYK Shipᴍᴀɴagement Pte Ltd as ᴍᴀɴagers of the container vessel ONE Apus can confirm that the ship is now safely berthed in the Port of Kobe after losing 1,816 containers overboard The most recent update stated that when it faced bad weather on Monday, November 30, 2020.
According to initial figures published by the owners and ᴍᴀɴager, some 1,816 containers were ʟᴏsᴛ overboard as a result of severe weather conditions when the ship was approximately 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. 64 ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs goods containers, including 54 with fireworks, 8 with batteries, and 2 with liquid ethanol were ʟᴏsᴛ. The owners and ᴍᴀɴagers claim that the weather conditions at the time of the cargo ʟᴏss were described as wind force 4 on the Beaufort wind scale, which is equivalent to 13–18 mph winds, with northerly waves of 5–6 meters and long, high surf. However, according to meteorological maps, the weather system the ship encountered is connected with considerable wave heights of up to 16 meters.
The ONE Apus is a 14,000 TEU containership built in 2019 measuring 364 meters in length and sailing under the Jᴀᴘᴀɴese flag. The vessel is operated by Ocean Network Express on the Far East Pacific 2 service. One Line, a large Jᴀᴘᴀɴese shipping company founded in 2017 by the combination of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K.Line, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, is one of seven 14,000-ton vessels built for the company.
The vessel’s operational gear, cargo gear, and propulsion machinery are in good shape, and the officers and ratings are highly motivated, experienced, dependable, and sᴋɪʟʟed seafarers, according to the owners and ᴍᴀɴagers in a FAQ about the ONE Apus ʟᴏss. The root cause analysis and a full investigation will look at all aspects of the situation, including the vessel’s routing, loading, equipment, and fitness for purpose in very extreme weather. We need to prevent another ʟᴏss of this magnitude.
Let’s see the Cargo ship ONE Apus loses more than 1,800 containers in the Pacific storm in the video below.
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Video resource: South Cʜɪɴᴀ Morning Post