The world of container shipping has a reputation for being a mess.
Some ship of shame, it seems, is in the making.
On Tuesday, a container ship full of trash was found drifting off the coast of California.
The ship’s owner, United Shipping of California, is still looking for answers.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the container ship, which was carrying 1,600 containers and some 300 people, had “a number of injuries that are not consistent with being thrown overboard.”
The ship’s captain, Michael McBride, was rushed to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
“The ship was a wreck and it was found in a cove with some other ships and the crew was not aware of what happened,” United Shipping’s director of corporate communications, Jennifer Zegar, told the San Diego News-Press.
“It was not a surprise.”
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the vessel was “unidentified and the captain had not responded to calls for help.”
The Times of London reported that the ship had been abandoned by its owners after it was “located” by an “invisible crew member.”
The Guardian reported that United Shipping was not immediately available for comment.
“We’re working with law enforcement to determine the exact cause of the accident,” the company said in a statement.
“No additional information is available at this time.”
The Times of England reported that a man who had been on the ship with the crew said he was told that “the ship had a number of injures that are inconsistent with being tossed overboard.”
The captain and crew members were taken to a local hospital, according to the Times.
The ship is being repaired and is expected to make a second port call in the coming days, according the Associated Press.
“It’s a tragic accident, but not the worst,” United Ship CEO, Michael McGarry, told local ABC affiliate KCBS.
“But we’re not looking at it as a disaster.
We’re looking at this as a very serious accident.”
United Shipping ships a total of 1,700 containers, according a spokesperson.
Some of those containers are used in food and medical products, but many are used for construction and commercial purposes.
United Shipping does not provide transportation to or from its container ship fleet.