In the photos it appears the containers were not lashed together. In stacks up to 8 units high it's not surprising the corner locks couldn't hold the containers in place. Wave heights up to 16 meters (52 feet) were reported in the area where the containers were lost.
Wonder if any of those containers will wash ashore on the west coast next year?
Post by edwardsutorik on Dec 12, 2020 13:08:02 GMT -8
In photos of the damaged ship, it appears to me like the containers were lashed--hard to tell with all the damage, though. Here's one that shows a bit of the lashing:
If you look at some earlier pictures of the ship, you can see that the lashing doesn't extend to the top several rows. Whatever they did to secure their load, it obviously wasn't enough. I would assume that the captain is now a former captain, as he was in charge of the ship and did not avoid the weather. But perhaps the owners told him to go, anyway.
Looking at the wreck photos and considering some of the precariously perched containers, I can see that SOME IBC's did a super job.