It’s not alone, as a couple of other ships also lost a lot of containers in one trip, too. Maersk Essen lost 750 containers on January 16. Maersk Eindhoven experienced a blackout and lost 260 containers on February 17, reports American Shipper.


What happens to shipping containers after they get launched overboard? Depending on the situation, some may be recovered a part of a salvage operation. Sail-World reports that others end up sinking or getting dragged out to sea, becoming hazards for other ships.

Some of the containers at the bottom of the ocean even create their own ocean wildlife habitats.