Friday, 4 January 2019

[Watch] Flat-Screen TVs, Car Parts Wash Up on Dutch islands / Mega container MSC Zoe ship lost 270 containers in North sea

Flat-screen television sets and debris lie washed up on a beach in Terschelling, Netherlands January 2, 2019 in this image obtained from social media. Erik Scheer via REUTERS

Around dozens of containers with items including flat-screen televisions have washed up on Dutch islands in the North Sea after a ship lost part of its cargo due to stormy weather conditions.

What happened?

The Panamanian-flagged cargo ‘MSC ZOE’ was caught up in a rough weather near the German island of Borkum and floated southwest toward Dutch waters.

Containers on the loose

Around 270 containers broke open on the shores of the Dutch islands of Terschelling and Vlieland whereas others were floating or stranded off the coasts of Ameland and Schiermonnikoog.

Warning issued

The Coast Guard warned ships in the area to beware of floating containers. Three containers holding hazardous materials are yet to be retrieved.

Hunters having a free run

It has been reported that local treasure hunters have found an array of items from containers whose contents had spilled, including light bulbs, car parts, Ikea furniture, clothing, and toys.
Groups of people have gathered around beached containers and taking off with something that appeared to be a flatscreen TV still packed in foam.
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Source: Reuters


MSC Zoe – Silk Service – Voyage FS848W
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has started a clean-up operation in response to a substantial spill of containers in the North Sea.
The cargo ship MSC Zoe encountered heavy weather while sailing toward Bremerhaven, Germany, on 2 January.
Unfortunately, a number of the containers were damaged or lost overboard amid very difficult conditions.
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.
MSC Zoe proceeded to Bremerhaven for cargo discharge operations. In the meantime, MSC is analysing the causes of the incident.
MSC will ensure that customers who seek further information receive direct communications in the coming days. They are invited to contact local MSC representatives.
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