THE containership Madrid Bridge suffered container collapse on Friday (7 January) while it was transiting the North Atlantic, according to a statement from Ocean Network Express.

It is unknown how many containers are affected, and whether any cargo was lost overboard.

In a statement, ONE said investigations are ongoing and further information will be provided once available.

“Our immediate priorities are to ensure the safety of the crew, the vessel and the cargo on board. Delays to the vessel’s schedule are expected,” ONE said.

The incident occurred while the Japanese-flagged vessel was in transit to its next port of call in New York.

Madrid Bridge left Singapore on 9 December and transited the Suez Canal on 21 December.

According to ONE’s published schedule, the vessel is due to berth at GCT Bayonne Terminal at New York on 21 January.

Madrid Bridge has a capacity of 13,900 TEU and was built in 2018. Its length is 365.94 metres (LOA) and is 51 metres wide.

The vessel is on ONE’s Asia-North America EC4 route, which calls Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Cai Mep and Singapore before going to North America. There it calls New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, and New York again before heading back to Singapore via the Suez Canal.