Posted on January 09, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) in cooperation with relevant authorities has managed to locate 238 of the 281 containers that fell off the MSC Zoe on January the 2nd.
Most of the containers were found at two locations, namely the Dutch municipalities of Terschelling and Schiermonnikoog, spread over an area covering 23 miles.
MSC has assured both the public and the relevant authorities in Netherlands and Germany that it is fully committed to the clean-up process and will cover all costs associated with the operation.
“MSC is committed to continue searching the sea for the containers which fell overboard, until the last one is found. MSC will also ensure that the beaches of the Dutch and German coastlines are surveyed until all debris related to this incident has been cleared,” MSC said in a statement.
Most of the cargo that has fallen from the vessel is relatively harmless, however, at least two containers were carrying highly hazardous substances.
One container was loaded with 280 bags of 25kg of dibenzoyl peroxide, while the other was filled with 1400kg of lithium batteries.
Since the incident, several bags containing dibenzoyl peroxide have been found, which suggests that the contents of the container have been opened. However, local authorities have ensured the public that the health risks are limited as long as the packaging remains intact.
“Members of the public are nonetheless advised to exercise caution when encountering containers or other materials on the beaches and to report any discoveries to local authorities, in order that they can relay the information to those in charge of the clean-up operation and avoid any unnecessary personal injury. Caution should be applied in particular for any containers or drums which are labelled as having hazardous content and these should only be touched under supervision of the authorities or clean-up experts,” added MSC.
Currently, the location and condition of the container carrying the lithium batteries is unknown.