Another one bites the dust (well ocean floor) – Maersk Essen loses 750 containers overboard

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In the latest incidence of containers falling off the ship, it has been reported that the Maersk Essen, a 10 year old mega container ship with a 13,100 TEU capacity has lost 750 containers overboard..

The Pacific Ocean is yet again the scene of this incident coming close on the heels of the ONE Apus maritime disaster in December 2020..

And yet again, heavy weather is said to be the reason for this loss as well..

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Container rollovers surge in December across major container ports

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Ocean Insights’ cargo delay statistics show how the bull run is wreaking havoc on the market, with container rollovers surging across major ports during December and most major carriers seeing increases in delays.

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ONE Apus – Container stack collapse – Update – 8th Jan 2021

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The latest update on the ONE Apus maritime disaster is that the discharging operations of the remaining containers has recommenced as of the 5th of January 2021 and since the first day of container discharging at Kobe, a total of 212 boxes have been safely discharged as of the 7th January 2021..

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Port and Starboard on a ship – what it means

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There are several shipping jargon used in day to day business.. Port and Starboard are two such terms on a daily basis..

But not everyone is aware of the meanings and origins of these terms.. Here is an explanation..

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2021 claims its first casualty – 36×40′ containers fall off Ever Liberal

Ever Liberal

The year 2021 is barely off its marks and it has already claimed its first maritime disaster casualty..

Containership EVER LIBERAL, a 7 year old UK Flagged ship was sailing from Busan, South Korea to Los Angeles in USA on the 2nd of January 2021 when it encountered heavy seas and strong winds around 20 nautical miles Southwest of Kyushu, Japan in the East China Sea..

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ONE Apus – Container stack collapse – Update – 31st Dec

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The update on the ONE Apus maritime disaster as of the last day of 2020 – 31st December is that the discharging operations of the remaining containers have been proceeding steadily and since the first day of container discharging at Kobe, a total of 126 boxes have been safely discharged as of the 29th of December 2020..

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ONE Apus – Container stack collapse – Update – 23rd Dec

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The update on the ONE Apus maritime disaster as of the 23rd December 2020 is that discharging operations of the remaining containers have been proceeding steadily and 50 containers have been safely discharged as of December 22nd..

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IMO slams “No crew change clauses” in charter parties dictated by charterers

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has spoken out against “no crew change” clauses in charterparties, pointing out that such clauses exacerbate the dire situation of stranded seafarers and undermine the efforts undertaken to resolve the ongoing crew change crisis.

So-called “no crew change” clauses, which are demanded by certain charterers, state that no crew changes can occur whilst the charterer’s cargo is onboard – hence not allowing the ship to deviate to ports where crew changes could take place. 

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Cause and effect of incorrect hazardous declaration and what needs to be done to avoid it

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In the IMDG Code, many actions are listed but the responsibility to carry out that action may not be specifically assigned to any particular person.

The IMDG Code does however assign responsibilities to named persons or entities in certain cases, such as;

  1. Shipper: for classification, assigning proper shipping name, packaging, marking, labelling, placarding, dangerous goods declaration
  2. Packer: for packing of CTU and related responsibilities.
  3. Master: of the vessel- responsibilities under SOLAS Chapter VII Part A & MARPOL Annex III
  4. Competent Authorities: for granting exemptions and approvals

No one knows what is inside the box; everyone depends on the dangerous goods declaration.

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ONE Apus – Container stack collapse – Update – 11th Dec

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The update on the ONE Apus maritime disaster as of the 11th December 2020 is that the operations for the safe removal of the remaining containers on deck have started after permission to proceed was granted by the Japanese Coast Guard..

The ship remains safely berthed at the Port of Kobe after it encountered severe weather on Monday, November 30, 2020 leading to a container stack collapse of around 1,816 containers including 64 hazardous containers..

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