Maersk says loses containers off U.S. East Coast

Maersk containership loses 70 containers overboard off U.S. East Coast

By Jite Eriabie 

Maersk Line on Tuesday confirmed reports that it lost some containers at sea. 

The world largest container carrier said between 70 and 73 containers had collapsed on a vessel off the U.S. East Coast, causing some of the containers to fall into the ocean.

The incident happened on March 3 at 2015 EST on the vessel Maersk Shanghai en route from Norfolk, Virginia to Charleston, South Carolina due to poor weather conditions at sea, Maersk said.

“All crew members on board are safe and accounted for. No effect on environment has been reported at this time,” Maersk said in a statement.

It was unclear what the containers were carrying.

The vessel, a 10,000 TEU containership, is now at anchor in Charleston. 

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