MV Madrid Bridge. Photo: Maik Richter/MarineTraffic.com

ONE-Operated MV Madrid Bridge Loses Containers in Atlantic Ocean

Mike Schuler
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January 11, 2022

A containership operated by Ocean Network Express (ONE) has suffered a container collapse in the Atlantic Ocean while en route to New York.

ONE confirmed the incident on board its M/V Madrid Bridge. The accident took place January 7, 2022, at approximately 0800 UTC, while on passage from Singapore to New York, USA.

The ship’s owner, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K Line), said there no injuries and no loss of containers with dangerous cargo. The number of containers lost overboard or collapsed on deck is unknown.

The vessel is now proceeding to New York.

ONE’s update said the incident is under investigation and delays are expected.

“We remain in close contact with the Charterer, ONE (Ocean network Express). All the relevant authorities were immediately informed and an investigation into the incident is underway,” according to K Line.

The MV Madrid Bridge is a 14,6778 dwt containership built in 2018 and flagged in Japan. It is 365.94 meters in length and has a cargo carrying capacity of 13,900 TEU. K Line Ship management is the ship’s manager.

Madrid Bridge is operated on ONE’s East Coast 4 (EC4) Service.

Weather products from NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center shows a 954 mb hurricane-force low over the central North Atlantic on January 7. A sea-state analysis shows significant wave heights of up to 13 meters associated with the storm.

NOAA Atlantic Surface Analysis valid for 1200 UTC 07 JAN 2022.
Sea-State Analysis (in meters) valid for 1200 UTC 07 JAN 2022.

You can see the track of the Madrid Bridge in the tweet below, showing Madrid Bridge much further to the south than the storm mentioned above.

“Looking at the weather analysis maps for the 7th, I don’t see very high winds or waves in the area of the vessel, however there seems to be a very long swell from the northwest so I suspect parametric rolling could have been an issue,” Fred Pickhardt, Founder of Ocean Weather Services, which provides global ocean weather forecasts and ship routing services to the maritime industry.

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