A UK accident investigation report into a major container collapse on an Evergreen Line boxship during heavy weather in the Pacific has pointed the finger at poor stowage.

The accident report from the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) will likely attract interest as it is published just as the containership industry is hit by a run of series of similar incidents.

The container collapse happened on the UK-flagged 7,024-teu Ever Smart (built 2005) as the vessel was hit heavy weather sailing 700 miles off the coast of Japan heading for Los Angeles in October 2017.