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More Trouble On Great Waters

APL China

Probably the most expensive cargo damage since the invention of the ubiquitous freight container was sustained by the ship APL China in the Pacific Ocean during Typhoon Babs in October 1998. About 400 containers were lost overboard, with another 1000 or so damaged. Losses exceeded $100,000,000.

Hanjin Pennsylvania

In November 2002 the newly built Hanjin Pennsylvania was fully loaded with containers. On 11th November one of the containers was seen to be on fire. The ship had a major cargo of fireworks and over the next four days there was a series of spectacular explosions that threw over 200 containers overboard and damaged over half of those left aboard.

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