The MV ONE Apus sailed into Japan’s Osaka Bay on Tuesday giving us a first good view of the devastation on board the ship after it lost nearly 2,000 containers in a Pacific Ocean storm.
The ship arrived at Rokko Island at the Port of Kobe on Tuesday morning, AIS ship tracking showed.
We’re also getting a better idea of the hazardous cargo lost from the vessel. An update Monday from the ship’s owners and managers confirmed the contents of the 64 Dangerous Goods containers, which were among more the 1,816 containers lost or damaged after the vessel encountered heavy weather on November 30 as it sailed from Asia to the U.S. West Coast.
According to the update, 54 of the Dangerous Goods containers carried fireworks, eight held batteries and two contained liquid ethanol.
To date, there have been no sightings of containers in the water.
The ONE Apus was underway to from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California when it encountered severe weather approximately 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. Heavy rolling caused approximately 1,816 containers to become dislodged.
“We are continuing to liaise with the JRCC in Honolulu, who has advised that there have not been sightings of any containers as yet,” said today’s update from Chidori Ship Holding LLC and NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd, as the ship’s owners and managers, respectively..
The ONE Apus was proceeding to the Port of Kobe as of Monday.
“The vessel is cautiously proceeding to the port of Kobe, Japan with an ETB of 1200LT on December 8, subject to all operations proceeding as planned,” the update said. “The priority remains on getting the ship and crew safely to port. Once berthed, it’s expected to take some time to offload the dislodged containers that remain on board. Then, a thorough assessment will be made on the exact number and type of containers that have been lost or damaged.”
The ONE Apus is a 14,000 TEU containership built in 2019 measuring 364-meters in length and sailing under the Japanese flag. The vessel is operated by Japan’s Ocean Network Express on the Far East Pacific 2 (FP2) Service.
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