Clean-up un­der way after loss of nearly 300 con­tain­ers from MSC cargo ves­sel

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SWISS ship­ping line MSC has started clean­ing up Dutch sea wa­ters, 10 days after it lost nearly 300 con­tain­ers from one of its largest cargo ves­sels in a storm.

“The clean-up will likely take months”, Dutch wa­ter au­thor­i­ties spokesper­son Ed­win de Fei­jter said at the week­end. “The largest part of the de­bris has been lo­cated, but there are still parts miss­ing.”

At least 291 con­tain­ers, some hold­ing haz­ardous chem­i­cals, fell off one of the world’s largest con­tainer ships, the MSC Zoe, on Jan­uary 2 in Ger­man wa­ters near the is­land of Borkum dur­ing a North Sea storm.

Two sal­vage ships left the har­bour at IJ­muiden, near Am­s­ter­dam, on Fri­day night, head­ing to­wards a con­tainer north of the tiny Rot­tumer­plaat is­land, which is block­ing an im­por­tant ship­ping route be­tween Ger­many and the Nether­lands. Work was planned to start at mid­day on Satur­day, but rough weather looked set to de­lay the op­er­a­tion, De Fei­jter said, adding that 238 ob­jects had been iden­ti­fied in the wa­ter so far.

“Those ob­jects are not all en­tire con­tain­ers, they can also be part of the cargo lost from bro­ken ones.”

Seven­teen con­tain­ers washed up on shore on the Dutch is­lands of Ter­schelling, Vlieland, Ame­land and Schier­mon­nikoog. Reuters

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