The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a warning after over 70 containers fell off the sides of a 10,000 TEU containership on Saturday night.
The vessel was travelling about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina when hazards caused the accident.
The coast guard is warning mariners to be cautious in high winds and during adverse weather conditions.
The 324-meter Maersk Shanghai contacted USCG watch standers at Sector North Carolina’s command centre via VHF-FM marine radio channel 16 on Saturday evening notifying them that they had lost approximately 70 to 73 cargo containers due to high winds and heavy seas.
The ship departed from Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday bound for Charleston, South Carolina, where it was due to arrive Sunday, according to ship-tracking data.
The incident comes as a powerful storm slammed the East Coast over the weekend, producing hurricane-force winds and significant wave heights, in excess of 40 feet in the western Atlantic.
The MV Maersk Shanghai was built in 2016 and has a nominal capacity of 10,081 TEU. It is currently sailing on Maersk Line’s TP11 service.