Several years of poor maintenance led to APL England container loss accident

A final report into the loss of containers from the 5,780 TEU vessel APL England off Sydney in 2020 notes the importance of vessel fixtures being regularly maintained to ensure they are secure and stable, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

APL England was making its way down the east coast of Australia on 24 May 2020 when, in adverse weather, it underwent a series of heavy rolls that resulted in the loss of 50 boxes overboard, and shutdown of the main engine.


Large swell in 22-knot wind caused idling Madrid Bridge to roll and lose boxes

New evidence has emerged as to the cause of the container collapse on the ONE-operated Madrid Bridge, which has the dubious distinction of being the first overboard box incident of 2022.
An initial investigation – a copy of which has been passed to The Loadstar – reveals that the vessel had begun idling south of the Azores, in the mid-Atlantic, on 2 January to delay its arrival at the port of New …

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ONE Apus lost or damaged containers ‘could exceed 1,900’

Ocean Network Express said Wednesday the number of lost or damaged containers from a vessel en route to the Port of Long Beach, California, “could exceed 1,900.”

It’s a jaw-dropping sum — more than the average number of containers lost in an entire year from all vessels around the globe. And the accident comes during the last rush to get Chinese exports into U.S. consumers’ hands before Christmas. 

According to a “container incident” online information center, the ONE Apus was en route from...

Inclement Weather Leads To Cargo Loss from Containership

A preliminary report from Australian maritime investigators into the loss of containers from the APL England says that the ship experienced heavy rolling and lost power to its main engine before crew discovered that containers had gone overboard.

The Incident

On 11 May 2020, the 5,780 TEU fully-cellular container ship APL England departed Ningbo, China, bound for Sydney, New South Wales. The ship was loaded with 3,161 containers (5,048 TEU), with a forward draught of 11.44 m and an aft draught of...

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