It is feared that at least 200 to 300 containers were lost from the 7,200 teu Svendborg Maersk last Friday when the ship was caught in hurricane conditions as it crossed the Bay of Biscay. No crew were injured.
The full tally could be higher, with the exact number of boxes swept overboard not yet known. Only four have been recovered so far.
The ship arrived in Malaga on Monday evening where officials from Maersk Line and the P&I club, plus stowage and lashing experts, are waiting to assess the losses and investigate exactly what happened.
Many more containers are damaged after the stacks in at least six bays tilted over during hurricane force winds, with the vessel reported to have been rolling at up to 40 degrees.
The 1998-built ship, which diverted to Malaga, was heading from Rotterdam to Sri Lanka at the time of the accident, and some of the lost containers were probably empty on the backhaul leg.
Source: Lloyds List