North Sea sal­vage op­er­a­tion be­gins

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - WORLD -

THE HAGUE: The re­cov­ery of nearly 300 con­tain­ers that were knocked from one the of the world’s largest con­tainer ships in the North Sea be­gan yes­ter­day.

Two spe­cial­ist Dutch sal­vage ves­sels left the port of Ij­muiden on Fri­day, the Dutch in­fra­struc­ture min­istry said. An­other res­cue ship is en route from Nor­way and has en­coun­tered bad weather along the way. One of the ships is set to de­ter­mine the ex­act lo­ca­tions of the con­tain­ers on the sea floor.

The re­cov­ery op­er­a­tion could take months.

Of the nearly 300 con­tain­ers that fell from the MSC Zoe dur­ing a storm on Jan­uary 2, some have al­ready washed upon Dutch shores. De­bris has also reached Ger­many.

Some of the con­tain­ers held haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als such as per­ox­ide pow­der and lithium bat­ter­ies, which pose en­vi­ron­men­tal dan­gers. |

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