Posted on January 03, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Panama-registered ultra-large containership, MSC Zoe, lost approximately 270 containers while sailing through rough North Sea weather, in the evening of January the 1st.
MSC Zoe was transiting from Sines, Portugal to Bremerhaven, Germany at time of the incident. The vessel was in the vicinity of the German Island of Borkum, when allegedly, due to the adverse weather conditions in the area, a large number of containers fell off the vessel.
The containers, which were mostly filled with electronics, car parts, clothing, furniture & toys, floated south-west towards the Netherlands.
Several of the boxes washed up ashore in a number of Dutch islands, including Terschelling, Vlieland, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog.
While most of the containers lost contain consumer goods, the Dutch Coast Guard has issued a warning, that at least three containers contain highly flammable, hazardous materials.
The ship owner has hired a salvage company to locate and clean up the missing containers.
“MSC appointed on 2 January a salvage company to coordinate the retrieval of cargo and beach clean-up operations and is also deploying specialised ships equipped with sonar to search for missing cargo at sea. MSC takes this incident very seriously, both in terms of the impact of such accidents on the natural environment and in terms of any damage to customers’ cargo. In all aspects of the clean-up MSC is collaborating with local authorities.” said the company in a statement.
MSC Zoe has since then continued its journey towards Bremerhaven.
Photos courtesy of Havariekommando