The unprecedented container collapse aboard the boxship ONE Apus could end up costing $200 million in cargo damage, according to an estimate from a claims consultant.
On November 30, on a voyage from Yantian to Long Beach, ONE Apus encountered 20-foot swells at a position about 1,600 nm northwest of Hawaii. In circumstances that are under investigation, most of the vessel’s on-deck container bays collapsed, sending a total of 1,816 containers over the side and into the North Pacific. ONE Apus altered course to the south, avoiding the worst of a powerful weather system, then headed back eastwards towards a port of refuge in Japan. She arrived in Kobe on December 8. Read on.