The update on the ONE Apus maritime disaster as of the 23rd December 2020 is that discharging operations of the remaining containers have been proceeding steadily and 50 containers have been safely discharged as of December 22nd..
The discharge operations for the safe removal of the remaining containers on deck started on the 11th of December after permission to proceed was granted by the Japanese Coast Guard..
As per ONE, the discharge operations will take some time and in the meantime, inspection and survey work of the discharged containers are underway to assess the cargo condition..
The careful removal of the dislodged units under a schedule formulated by stowage planners is expected to take over a month with safety the number one priority..
The fact that only 50 containers have been offloaded since the 11th of December should bear testimony to the jumble of containers on board and how difficult the operations would be offload each container with zero to minimum damage to the container, cargo and ship and also bearing in mind human safety..
Once unloaded, each will be assessed, and when the discharge of cargo is complete, there will be a full assessment of damage to the vessel and subsequent repairs. A thorough investigation is being conducted into this incident in conjunction with the Flag State (in this case Japan) and the relevant maritime authorities..
The ship remains safely berthed at the Port of Kobe after it encountered severe weather on Monday, November 30, 2020 leading to a container stack collapse of around 1,816 containers including 64 hazardous containers..
Stay tuned for more updates on the ONE Apus incident.. You can read all the updates thus far, here..
In the meantime you can read up more on containers falling off ships, who is responsible and the importance of proper lashing of containers on board..
If you need further info about container stowage itself, you can read up on the basics of container stowage planning and why it is important..
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