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More than 1,900 containers lost in Pacific Ocean storm

Christian Fernsby |
Nearly 2,000 containers aboard a ship managed by NYK Shipmanagement of Japan were lost or damaged when it hit by stormy weather in the Pacific Ocean, the company said.

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ONE Apus, owned by Chidori Ship Holdings, was traveling from Yantian in China to Long Beach, California, when it hit a violent storm about 1,600 nautical miles (2,960 kilometers) northwest of Hawaii, a statement issued on behalf of the companies said.

A swell caused the ship to roll and dislodged containers.

"It is estimated that the number of lost or damaged units could exceed 1,900," the statement said.

A spokesman said he had not heard of such a large number of containers being lost in previous incidents involving large container ships.

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