(HONOLULU) — The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a warning to Hawaii mariners after hundreds of shipping containers reportedly fell into the ocean from a ship hundreds of miles away from the islands after it encountered severe weather while en route to California from China.
Ocean Network Express (ONE) estimates the Japanese-flagged ONE Apus lost more than 1,900 containers when the ship encountered gale-force winds and large swells approximately 1,840 miles northwest of Hawaii on Monday, the Star Advertiser reported.
The vessel was en route from Yantian, China to Long Beach, Calif., when sections of its load fell overboard. Approximately 40 of the 1,900 or so containers are believed to be dangerous-goods containers.
The ship is expected to arrive in Japan on Tuesday.