Taiwanese containerline Evergreen Marine has
announced that 36 containers have fallen off its 2014-built post-panamax
vessel Ever Liberal due
to rough sea conditions.
The incident happened while the
ship was en route to Los Angeles after leaving the Port of Busan.
21 containers fell onto the deck and 36 into the sea
According to the company, the
8,452 teu ship encountered strong winds off the south of Kyushu, Japan,
causing the collapse of container stacks on the vessel. Twenty-one containers
fell onto the deck, while 36 fell into the sea.
The company said no personnel
were injured in the incident and none of the containers contained hazardous
cargo. The ship notified Japan Coast Guard about the incident immediately.
Following the incident, the ship
changed its course to Taipei for inspections and Evergreen said everything
possible is being done to retrieve the lost containers.
Containers lost overboard
represent less than one thousandth of 1% of the roughly 226 million containers
currently shipped each year. Nevertheless, the liner shipping industry remains
committedto continuing to partner with governments and other stakeholders to
enhance container safety inorder to further reduce the number of containers
lost at sea. World Shipping Council 2020 Update.