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Nearly 2,000 containers lost after cargo ship encounters storm, 52 feet waves in the middle of the Pacific Ocean

A cargo ship on its way to Japan lost 1,816 containers after they toppled overboard during a storm.

The ship, One Apus, arrived at the Port of Kobe, Japan, on Tuesday after an eight-day journey from the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The ship officials are conducting an inspection to determine the extent of the damage.




The storm hit the ship about 1,841 miles northwest of Hawaii in the middle of Pacific Ocean. Some containers that were lost had dangerous goods, fireworks, batteries and liquid ethanol.

The ship reportedly encountered 52 feet waves during its journey and a ‘long high swell’.

One Apus is a 1,194 feet cargo ship which can hold 14,000 containers roughly measuring 20 feet each.



The cargo loss is believed to be the biggest weather-related cargo loss in history.

‘The root cause analysis and full investigation will look at all aspects of the situation, including the vessel’s routing, loading, equipment and fitness for purpose in very extreme weather. We must ensure no such loss occurs again,’ the owners and the managers of the ship said in a statement.