The ONE Apus has discharged cargo at the Port of Long Beach after losing nearly 2,000 containers overboard in the Pacific Ocean last year.
An update from Ocean Network Express says the ship arrived in Long Beach and was expected to berth on April 12. AIS data shows the ship has since departed Long Beach bound for Oakland, California. It’s current status shows the vessel is “drifting”, likely a result of port of congestion that has spread to Oakland from southern California.
ONE Apus departed Kobe, Japan in mid-March after a major operation to remove hundreds of damaged and dislodged containers on deck.
The ONE Apus was underway from China to Long Beach, California when it lost an estimated 1,816 containers overboard in heavy weather approximately 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii on November 30. Hundreds more were collapsed on deck.
The ship arrived at Kobe on December 8, where cargo operations and repairs have taken place. A February 26 update from ONE said a total of 940 boxes on deck had been discharged.
The incident was the worst in a series of weather-related cargo losses on the trans-Pacific this season as ships loaded to the brim with cargo pour into the United States from Asia.
The Japanese-registered ONE Apus is operated on Ocean Network Express’s Far East Pacific 2 (FP2) Service and has capacity of 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent boxes, or TEU. General Average was never declared in the accident.
According to a World Shipping Council report in November, an average of just 1,382 containers are lost at sea each year from around 5,000 container vessels in operation, however the number can vary greatly when taking into account catastrophic events like the ONE Apus cargo loss.
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