The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the loss of dozens of containers from a British containership off Japan.
The MAIB says 42 containers were lost overboard from the UK-flagged MV Ever Smart approximately 700nm east of Japan on October 30, 2017.
The incident appears to have occurred as the Ever Smart was underway from Taipei, Taiwan to the Port of Los Angeles on the U.S. west coast. The ship is due to arrive at the port on November 8.
On the day of the incident, meteorologists were tracking a powerful hurricane force low-pressure system over the northwestern Pacific.
In February 2015, the MV Ever Smart was involved in a fairly major head-on collision with a tanker while departing the port of Jebel Ali in the UAE.
The ship is managed by Evergreen Marine (UK).
The 1210 UTC Himawari-8 infrared satellite imagery along with the 12Z OPC surface analysis show a powerful 937 hPa hurricane force low pressure system over the N Pacific. Courtesy NOAA NWS Ocean Prediction Centre.
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