At least 70 Maersk containers damaged, lost on Carolinas sea

At least 70 Maersk containers damaged, lost on Carolinas sea

A container ship at sea.

A container ship at sea. (Photo credit: Shutterstock.)

At least 70 containers collapsed or fell overboard from the Maersk Shanghai on Saturday, March 3, during the high winds that pummeled the East Coast of the United States last week, as a Nor'easter storm progressed up the coast.

Maersk Line said in a statement that the poor weather caused 70 to 73 containers to collapse or fall into the ocean at 8:15 p.m. on March 3 en route to Charleston, South Carolina. The ocean carrier contacted the affected beneficial cargo owners to discuss the next steps.

The vessel is anchored in Charleston while the US Coast Guard assesses the damages, and will proceed into the port to unload the cargo afterward.

Maersk said no one was hurt.

The Maersk Shanghai is a 10,081 TEU vessel built in 2016, flagged out of Liberia, and sailing on the TP11 service. The Asia route transport containers from China, Singapore, and Vietnam to the ports of New York and New Jersey, Virginia, Charleston, Savannah, and Miami via the Suez Canal.

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