Dozens of containers fall from Maersk ship off North Carolina

Dozens of containers fell off a Maersk vessel off the coast of North Carolina, prompting the US Coast Guard (USCG) to issue a warning to mariners that they should navigate the area with caution.

Maersk Line confirms between 70 and 73 containers collapsed and/or were lost overboard from the 2016-built  Maersk Shanghai on Saturday night while the ship was about 20 miles from Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.

There 10,081 teu vessel alerted Sector North Carolina’s command centre after the containers were lost with the ship in high winds and heavy seas.

America’s east coast has experienced violent winds (approaching hurricane force), rain and flooding over the weekend.

The ship was en route from Norfolk, Virginia to Charleston, South Carolina.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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