The "Maerks Aras" was reported as not under command in the North Pacific off Gulf of California since Feb 17, 2018. The ship had been en route from Manzanillo, where she had sailed on Feb 16, to Yokohama, ETA March 4. On Feb 25 the vessel started limping back to Mexico, port of destination now Ensenada, ETA March 1. The ship had suffered an engine failure, but remained manoeverable. On Narch 2 the ship was under way at 4,5-5 knots speed.