Maersk Line Statement: update to the Maersk Shanghai containers loss
Maersk Line Press Statement (March 6th 10:00 AM EST) :
We can confirm that on March 3rd at 20:15 EST the vessel Maersk Shanghai, reported between 70 – 73 containers collapsed and/or were lost overboard due to poor weather at sea when in route to Charleston, South Carolina. We can confirm that damage has been limited to one cargo bay aboard the vessel. The vessel is currently 12 miles away from the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, where surveyors were onboard yesterday, March 5th, inspecting the damage.
We are working with the vessel owners to secure the cargo on board in order to find a suitable berth to discharge unaffected cargo. Once alongside, we will begin salvage operations for damaged cargo. We are working on alternate contingency plans for unimpacted cargo aboard the Maersk Shanghai to ensure timely delivery of our customers cargo. We are communicating with our customer directly to notify them of the situation and contingency plans when confirmed.
All crew members on board are safe and accounted for. No effect on environment has been reported at this time.
Maersk Shanghai is a chartered container vessel built in 2016 with nominal capacity of 10,081 TEU. It is operated by Maersk Line and currently sailing on the TP11 service. The vessel is flagged in Liberia.