The boxship Merete Maersk lost 43 containers in Mediterranean Sea off Skikda, Algeria. The vessel was en route from Tanjung Pelepas to Algeciras, but passed through heavy storm with strong winds, which caused shift of about 130 containers on main deck. The strong winds and heavy seas broke the secure belts, and 43 container fell overboard into the sea, while another 85 were damaged. The boxship Merete Maersk changed course to reduce the negative effect of the weather and successfully reached Algeciras. The accident was reported to local authorities and was issued temporary navigation warning to seafarers for drifting objects in the sea. Some 16 container were spotted drifting off Algerian coast, but rest of the lost units probably sank or were adrifted to another area.
During the incident there were no reported damages to the vessel. All the crew are safe and without injuries. According to the cargo plan the lost containers were no carrying hazardous and dangerous cargo, some of them being even empty.
The container ship Merete Maersk (IMO: 9632064) has overall length of 399.00 m, moulded beam of 59.00 m and maximum draft of 16.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 196,000 DWT, the gross tonnage is 182,000 and the maximum capacity is for 18,270 TEU. The container carrier was built in 2014 by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea.