Below is some video filmed Wednesday showing the MV Maersk Stepnica which was apparently forced to call at the port of Felixstowe after a row of containers toppled over in a storm, possibly sending some overboard.
The 8,750 TEU Maersk Stepnica seems to be latest victim of a strong low pressure system (or the so-called Winter Storm Hercules) that swept across the northern Atlantic earlier this week and month. The storm has so far been linked to a crack in the MSC Monterey, 14 containers lost from a CMA CGM containership, video showing the OOCL Belgium containership taking 40 degree rolls, a near-grounding in Lisbon and of course the Polar Vortex deep freeze in the United States.
On January 3, the 5,770 TEU containership CMA CGM ROSSINI was also reported to have lost 14 containers off Ushant at the southwestern english channel in “very heavy seas”. The ship, owned by CMA CGM, was sailing from Le Havre to Port Said in Egypt and will stop in Malta to unload damaged containers, CMA CGM said.
The storm was predicted to significant wave heights of 20 meters as it passed over the North Atlantic on January 5.
Without further ado, here’s the gripping video showing the damage to boxes onboard the MV Maersk Stepnica: