Shipping advisories indicate that the Eureka remains stopped awaiting a repair crew.
By Michael McGrady, Maritime Direct Americas & Pacific Correspondent
COPENHAGEN — A.P. Møller – Maersk A/S announced that the Singapore-flagged Maersk Eureka is still at a full stop in the middle of the Pacific Ocean due to main engine troubles. The containership is currently awaiting the arrival of a technical crew that was dispatched along with key replacement parts.
Luckily, Maersk reported no container loss and that the crew remains in high spirits. The vessel stopped on March 12 and again on March 14.
According to shipping data, the Maersk Eureka was sailing from an anchorage in Japan, intending to call on the Port of Long Beach in California. The vessel has a capacity of 13,092 TEU.
It is expected that the engine will be repaired by a service technician crew and parts arriving onboard March 28th via an ocean-going tug. Repairs will take place at sea, which is standard procedure in these situations,” notes a shipping advisory from Maersk.
“Repairs are expected to continue through March 31. We expect higher winds in the next 3-5 days; however, we have plans in place such as continuous check on lashing and keep the tug on standby to prevent any cargo loss.”