Maersk issues updates on vessels in overboard container incidents

Container line operator Maersk has issued updates on the movements of the two vessels involved in recent lost container incidents.

The Maersk Eindhoven is currently in Japanese waters, awaiting clearance by Japanese authorities for transit into APM Terminals Yokohama, Japan container terminal on 25 February.

Company surveyors and salvors are on the ship today, reviewing vessel and safety conditions. Maersk expects to be able to share more details in the days ahead when it has clarity on the timing these activities will encompass.

The Danish operator said the ship’s engine and seaworthiness is in good working order and the port call repairs will address some steel railings, inspection of hatch covers and other activities that the surveyors might find. At this point in time, it has ensured that all replacement materials and welding activities can be performed in port. This is subject to change in the event its inspection and survey process finds new items to repair.

The company said indications, at this point in time, is that the vessel will resume normal TP6 service routing once these repairs are completed. The next three days (February 23 is a public holiday in Japan) will show better definition to the estimated amount of time needed in port prior to departing for Los Angeles. Once the vessel is in port and surveyed, Maersk will have more specific details on the extent of damaged containers and the amount of time required to fix the vessel and determine the cargo contingency options.

Meanwhile Maersk also reported the Maersk Essen has completed its port operations in APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico and departed February 22. The vessel will sail at full speed to the Los Angeles anchorage (a 3-day journey) in an effort to arrive early and be in position to berth APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles prior to her current scheduled arrival March 4. The situation is subject to change based on the number of vessels waiting but Maersk’s plan is to make every effort to advance her in the waiting line for an earlier ETA.

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