43 boxes still not accounted for from MSC Zoe spill

The Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat and containerline Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) have located around 220 of an estimated 281 containers that fell off the giant boxship MSC Zoe in the North Sea last week. Most of the containers, located with the help of sonar boats, are at the bottom of the North Sea, near the Wadden Islands. Three of the containers that fell from the vessel contain toxic substances.

A total of 18 containers have already washed ashore, meaning some 43 boxes are still missing. Clean-up operations of all the containers and debris that washed ashore on a pair of Dutch islands are still on going.

MSC has vowed to pay for the complete clean-up in the wake of the accident.

The ship remains docked at Bremerhaven where investigations are underway into how the accident happened.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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