MSC Zoe Lost Containers in Two Places
The container ship MSC Zoe lost containers at two different locations. On the evening of 1 January, when sailing near Terschelling and Ameland, the ship lost the first load. After this incident, the ship continued to sail only to lose a second load a few hours later at the German Frisian island of Borkum.
The Dutch Safety Board and the German counterpart, the BSU, have published an interim report on the container accident on Thursday 12 December. In total, the MSC Zoe lost 297 containers in Dutch waters and 45 in German waters. The contents of the containers were washed up on the Wadden Islands, among other places. The removal of the containers and their contents is still ongoing.
The researchers do not yet know what caused the container accident. They are looking at waves and weather conditions, among other things. The results will probably be announced next spring.
The freighter was on its way with 8062 containers from Sines, Portugal to Bremerhaven, Germany, when things went wrong.
Picture by Kees Torn.