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Damage after container loss repaired
The 'Maersk Eindhoven' which had arrived at APM Terminals Yokohama in Japan on Feb 25 for repairs after having lost 260 containers overboard with additional 65 being damaged on deck in Japanese waters on Feb 17, sailed again on March 2. . Some of the container ship’s steel railings had been in need of repairs as a result of the incident. As of March 1 all repairs had been completed and the ship had been cleared for sailing. The 'Maersk Eindhoven' resumed the voyage to Los Angeles on March 2 at 8.45 a.m. in the frame of the TP6 Asia-U.S. service.
Container ship waiting for port entry in Yokohama
The 'Maersk Eindhoven' was currently in Japanese waters, awaiting clearance by Japanese authorities for transit to the APM Terminals Yokohama, Japan container terminal on Feb 25. Company surveyors and salvors were on the ship on Feb 23, reviewing the vessel and safety conditions. Maersk expected to be able to share more details in the days ahead when it has clarity on the timing these activities will encompass. The ship’s engine and seaworthiness was 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. 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. Indications, at this point in time, were that the vessel will resume normal TP6 service routing once these repairs have been completed. The next three days (Feb 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.
3-4 minutes engine loss enough for stability loss
Three to four minutes without engine power were enough for the the 'Maersk Eindhoven' to roll so violently that it lost 260 containers. An automatic alarm that shut down the main engine 45 nautical miles off Hokkaido in the Pacific Ocean in severe weather. In addition to the loss of the 260 containers, 65 containers were damaged, Maersk wrote in an update on the incident on 17 February. The propulsion was quickly restored and the initial analysis indicated that the oil pressure triggered a safety alarm that caused the engines to shut down. No errors or maintenance issues have been identified. The crew was safe and a complete investigation is underway. The preliminary investigations showed only a few damages to the ship that required minimal repairs.News schreiben