MV Madrid Bridge, a 13,900 TEU vessel, operated by Japan’s Ocean Network Express (ONE) suffered a container collapse, while the Japan-flagged vessel was on its way from the Singapore Port to the Port of New York in the East Coast of the United States on Friday, 7th January.
ONE, which is jointly owned by fellow Japanese shipping giants Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Lines), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, and K Line, confirmed that the incident occurred at around 8:00 AM UTC.
K-Line, which owns the vessel, mentioned that no injuries have been reported, and that there were no dangerous goods in the containers which went overboard during the voyage. The number of containers which were lost overboard, or collapsed in the 2018-built vessel’s deck however, is yet to be known.
As of Tuesday, MV Madrid Bridge, which operates on ONE’s East Coast 4 (EC4) Service, connecting Asia and North America is on its way to the Port of New York, while investigation is underway and delay is expected. “We remain in close contact with the Charterer, ONE (Ocean network Express). All the relevant authorities were immediately informed and an investigation into the incident is underway,” said K-Line.
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ONE released an advisory relating to the incident on its website yesterday, which goes on to say “This is to inform you that MV Madrid Bridge, serving in our East Coast 4 (EC4) Service, suffered container collapse in the North Atlantic Ocean on January 7, 2022 during transit to her next port of call in New York, USA.”
“Our immediate priorities are to ensure the safety of the crew, the vessel and the cargo on board. Delays to the vessel’s schedule are expected.”
“Investigations are currently ongoing and further information will be provided once available.”
With cause of the accident remaining unknown as of now, it can be drawn upon that the weather is to be blamed. A 954 mb hurricane-force was witnessed lowing over the central North Atlantic, by NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center on 7th January. The sea-state analysis of the report suggests wave heights of up-to 13 meters being associated with the storm.
About 13.5 months back, on 20th November 2020, the ONE Apus lost nearly 1,800 container in the high seas, drawing a massive series of insurance claims.