Taiwan shipping company Evergreen Marine Corporation announced today that 36 containers had fallen off its vessel EVER LIBERAL after leaving the Port of Busan en route to Los Angeles on December 30.
According to Evergreen, the 8,452 TEU container ship encountered strong winds and rough seas 20 nautical miles south of Kyushu, Japan, causing the collapse of container stacks on the vessel. Twenty-one 40-foot containers fell onto the deck, while 36 fell into the sea.
Evergreen said that no personnel were injured in the incident, and none of the containers contained dangerous goods. The ship’s captain immediately notified Japan Coast Guard so that ships in adjacent waters could be notified about the drifting containers.
The EVER LIBERAL was diverted to the Port of Taipei to have the damaged cargo taken care of.
Evergreen also said that it is engaged in salvage operations to retrieve the drifting containers.
Sources: Liberty Times, United Daily News.
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