CASUALTY UPDATE - ONE APUS

Further to our Casualty Advice earlier today, ONE and NYK, as operators and managers of ONE APUS, have issued a situation update (see below), confirming what is anticipated to be a record number of containers lost or damaged in stormy weather, currently estimated at some 1,900+ units. As of 1300 UTC 2nd December, ONE APUS was sailing in the opposite direction from port of destination, attempting to stabilise vessel and cargo, and mitigate the risk of more losses, by following more favourable weather conditions.

Singapore, December 2, 2020 Update No 1.

Chidori Ship Holding LLC as owners and NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd as managers of the container vessel ONE Apus (IMO# 9806079) report that the ship is now proceeding in a westerly direction towards Japan with plans to seek a suitable port to right unstable containers, assess any damages and determine the exact numbers of containers lost after encountering severe weather on the night of Monday, November 30 2020.

The vessel was on passage from Yantian, China to Long Beach, USA approximately 1600NM North West of Hawaii, when it encountered a violent storm cell producing gale-force winds and large swells which caused the ONE Apus to roll heavily resulting in the dislodging of the lost containers.

A notification was sent to the JRCC in Honolulu and Guam with maritime navigational warnings subsequently broadcast.

Early investigations onboard the ONE Apus have determined that the impacted container bays remain unsafe for close-quarter inspections; however, it is estimated that the number of lost or damaged units could exceed 1,900, of which some 40 are believed to be DG containers.

Our focus remains on getting the ship to a safe port to ensure the ongoing safety of the crew, the vessel and the cargo on board.

A full investigation will be conducted into this incident in conjunction with the Flag State and the relevant maritime authorities.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

If W E Cox Claims Group can be of any assistance, arranging surveys (CWH JOHNSONS INTERNATIONAL USA), adjusting potential losses or undertaking recovery action (W E COX CLAIMS GROUP (USA) LLC), please do not hesitate to contact us.

As appropriate, please contact:

United Kingdom – Paul Friett cargoclaims@w-e-cox.co.uk
Europe – John Jackson – surveys@cwhji.com
Hong Kong – Twinnie Lai twinnie@ceemis.com.hk
Singapore – Paul Sansom psansom@w-e-cox.com.sg
USA – Charles Droll cdroll@w-e-cox.com
Australia – Niall Orr – norr@w-e-cox.com.au


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