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VIDEO: ONE Apus departs Kobe three and a half months after major container loss

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Screenshot from Youtube of ONE Apus departing the Port of Kobe
The ONE Apus has departed the Port of Kobe three months after the containership berthed to offload damaged containers and conduct repairs.

According to Ocean Network Express (ONE) the 14,000 teu ONE Apus departed the Port of Kobe on 16 March at 13-00hours and is now expected to arrive in Long Beach, California around 30 March. However, due to port congestion the vessel is not expected to berth until 7 April.

A video of the ONE Apus leaving the Port of Kobe was posted on Youtube by user insatsuya’s hobbybox and can be viewed here:

The ONE Apus suffered one of the largest losses of containers in recent years when it lost 1,816 boxes overboard on 30 November 2020 in severe weather on a transpacific voyage and turned around to head for the Port of Kobe, where unloading operations started on 11 December.

“As advised, while the general plan was to back-load as many original sound and transloaded containers on ONE Apus as reasonably possible, there are some containers originally carried on ONE Apus may need to be carried on different vessels due to safety and/or operational constraints, or where the required documentation could not be completed in time for ONE Apus,” ONE said in a customer advisory.

One of a series of serious container loss incidents on the transpacific in recent months it has sparked concern over the stability and safety of container stowage of very large and ultra large containerships in extreme weather conditions.

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