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North Sea: MSC Zoe Loses Up to 270 Containers Overboard

By Diane Selkirk last modified Jan 02, 2019 09:54 PM The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of noonsite.com or the World Cruising Club.
The Dutch Coastguard has issued a navigational warning after an ultra-large containership lost scores of containers.

Published: 2019-01-02 00:00:00
Topics: Environment
Countries: Belgium , Germany , Netherlands

North Sea: MSC Zoe Loses Up to 270 Containers Overboard

Container ship loses 270 containers.

As reported by gCaptain

The Dutch Coastguard has issued a navigational warning after an ultra-large containership lost scores of containers while underway in the North Sea.

The ship, MSC ZOE, was in German waters when it lost the containers in heavy seas between Vlieland, Netherlands and the German Bight in the southeastern North Sea on New Year’s Day.

The Coastguard initially reported about 30 containers lost. However, an update Wednesday morning said it now understands that a whopping 270 containers went overboard.

The Coastguard is warning ships in the vicinity keep an eye out for containers floating in the water.

At least 21 containers with loose goods have washed up on the Dutch islands of Vlieland, Terschelling and Ameland.

The MSC ZOE was underway from Antwerp, Belgium to Bremerhaven, Germany at the time of the incident.

The contents of all lost containers has not been confirmed, however at least three are reported to contain hazardous materials.

The Coastguard is warning the public not to handle or approach any of the containers.

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