Report casts doubts on Maersk ship that suffered accident

The remodeled container ship Svendborg Mærsk was not suited for the extreme weather when the ship encountered a hurricane in the Bay of Biscay in February, according to Danish engineering journal Ingeniøren.

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Container ship Svendborg Mærsk lost a record number of containers into the sea on February 14th 2014. A total of 517 twenty-foot containers (teu) were lost, while 250 containers on board the ship were damaged when the ship was caught in a hurricane in the Bay of Biscay.

The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board has now published a report aimed at discerning what happened and why, and Ingeniøren has studied the report: Extreme weather in the region combined with limited aid for the captain, and the report also adds that the ship was unfit to operate in the extreme weather.

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