A Maersk container ship was waiting in the French Port of Le Havre Friday to have its cargo secured after it lost 26 containers overboard on Tuesday in a powerful storm in the Bay of Biscay.
The maritime prefecture in Cherbourg said the Maersk Sembawang lost the containers overboard from the last row of boxes stacked at its stern and suffered damage to 49 more when it ran into the storm.
The French language news site Mer et Marine published a photograph of the event.
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The Singapore-flag vessel was on the Maersk AE9 service from Asia to the Port of Felixstowe in the UK after calling the Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium when it ran into the heavy weather. It diverted to Le Havre for inspection and discharge of the remaining damaged boxes.
The vessel, which was delivered by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea in 2007, has a capacity of 6,478 20-foot-equivalent units.
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