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  • Writer's pictureStephen Fodor

Lost or damaged containers from en route vessel ONE Apus could exceed 1900

December 4, 2020

(FreightWaves) Ocean Network Express said Wednesday the number of lost or damaged containers from a vessel en route to the Port of Long Beach, California, “could exceed 1,900.”

It’s a jaw-dropping sum — more than the average number of containers lost in an entire year from all vessels around the globe. And the accident comes during the last rush to get Chinese exports into U.S. consumers’ hands before Christmas.

It’s too early to know the contents of the lost containers. But Henry Byers, FreightWaves’ maritime market expert, said the top importers using ONE as their ocean carrier into Long Beach the past 30 days were Flexport International, MOL Consolidation, Topocean Consolidation, UPS Ocean Freight Services, DHL Global Forwarding, Kuehne + Nagel and C.H. Robinson. Other ONE customers through Long Beach include Penguin Random House, Wilson Sporting Goods and Hasbro.

According to a “container incident” online information center, the ONE Apus was en route from Yantian, China, to Long Beach at about 11:15 p.m. Monday when it “encountered a violet storm cell producing gale-force winds and large swells, which caused the ONE Apus to roll heavily, resulting in the dislodging of the lost containers” approximately 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii.

Nick Austin, FreightWaves’ director of weather analytics and senior meteorologist, said he could find no National Weather Service reports on the storm.

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