Feb 18 UPDATE: Confirmed it’s MAERSK EINDHOVEN, confirmed containers were lost after the ship sailed into rough Pacific out of Hokkaido shelter. MAERSK doesn’t report number of lost containers yet (if will report at all). Situation on board obviously, deteriorated – MAERSK EINDHOVEN turned back early Feb 18 and as of 0300 UTC Feb 18, was sailing in opposite direction at some 17 knots speed – either to avoid further losses and evade unfavorable wind and sea, or having to seek for nearest port/shelter. Containers loss may be a major one.
Feb 17: Many containers adrift in North Pacific E of Kuril islands since afternoon Feb 16 UTC, understood lost by MAERSK EINDHOVEN, see track. She’s en route from Xiamen to US port, most probably Los Angeles, ETA Mar 1. Ship’s ID not yet confirmed.
Container ship MAERSK EINDHOVEN, IMO 9456771, dwt 142105, capacity 13092 TEU, built 2010, flag Denmark, manager MAERSK.
Many containers adrift in North Pacific since afternoon Feb 16, understood lost by Neopanamax container ship, judging from ships tracks analysis. The ship is en route from China to USA, she reduced her speed several hours prior to loss, encountering rough seas. Awaiting ship’s ID confirmation and further updates.
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