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String of claims against Maersk after cargo loss and damage
Dissatisfied customers have raised a string of claims against the Maersk company after the 'Maersk Essen' lost 750 containers and had more than 75 more damaged on Jan 20, 20200, in the Pacific during a voyage from Xiamen to Los Angeles. The requirements run up to approx. 20 million Danish crowns. In addition to Maersk, the requirements were directed at MSC - with which Maersk is operating on the route - and the Chinese owners of the container ship. The accident happened in a weather that under US law was neither sudden and unexpected nor so serious that a well-maintained ship should not be able to sail through it without destroying the ship or the cargo, according to the American lawyer Joseph J. Perrone, who represents four of the dissatisfied customers.
Maersk Essen arrived in port of destination months after losing hundreds of containers
On March 4, nearly two months after losing hundreds of containers overboard in the Pacific Ocean, the 'Maersk Essen' berthed at the APM terminal in Los Angeles and started discharging its cargo at its original destination. A number of containers bound for inland destinations have already departed by rail, while others remaining local have been picked up from the terminal. To avoid the southern California port congestion, the ship diverted to the APM Terminals in Lazaro Cardenas to remove the damaged containers and make minor repairs to the vessel. The ship remained stationary as of March 11.
Maersk Essen speeding to Los Angeles
The 'Maersk Essen' has completed its port operations in APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas and sailed on Feb 22. The vessel will sail at full speed to the Los Angeles anchorage which is 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 on 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. After 750 containers went overboard and an additional 79 on deck were damaged, it appeared that none of the 178 discharged containers were loaded back on board the 'Maersk Essen' before it sailed.News schreiben