Photo courtesy MarineTraffic.com/Rich English

COSCO Ship Loses Containers During Pacific Crossing

Mike Schuler
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December 3, 2021

A COSCO containership en route to Long Beach, California reportedly lost dozens of containers overboard in the Pacific Ocean last month.

The ship, identified as the 4,500 teu MV Cosco Nagoya, has returned to Korea and AIS shows its last known position in Gwangyang.

The incident reportedly occurred on or shortly after November 23rd as the vessel was sailing from Busan, South Korea to the United States, according to marine claims consultancy WK Webster, which first reported on the accident.

The company sent a surveyor to assess the damage who reported back 59 containers impacted including 27 collapsed and 32 overboard. A spokesperson for the company noted that the accident was not as serious as initially thought.

AIS data from MarineTraffic.com shows the COSCO Nagoya departed Busan New Port early on November 22. The following is the track of the voyage showing it turned around on November 24th at 09:54 UTC.

Credit: MarineTraffic.com

The COSCO Nagoya, built in 2008, is registered in Panama and measures 260 meters in length.

The incident follows the loss of more than 100 containers from the ZIM Kingston during a powerful storm in October off British Columbia as it awaited entry to the Port of Vancouver. It also comes nearly one year after the ONE Apus lost more than 1,800 containers overboard also while en route to Long Beach, kicking off a winter season that was marked by a high number of cargo losses on the transpacific.

Sea State Analysis chart from Nov 24 00:00 UTC. Credit: NOAA

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