Troops have been deployed by the Dutch Ministry of Defence to help in the cleanup operations in the wake of the giant MSC Zoe boxship spilling some 270 containers into the North Sea earlier this week, with local politicians warning of an environmental catastrophe on local beaches.
Some 35 boxes washed up on a pair of Dutch islands sparking scenes of locals rushing to claim trophies from inside the containers.
Around 100 soldiers have joined the cleanup with authorities warning that three as yet unretrieved containers contain toxic substances.
Asking for emergency help yesterday, Ineke van Gent, a local mayor, called the accident a “disaster for nature” as many boxes washed up in a national park.
MSC has deployed a salvage team to help clean up the area, while the MSC Zoe is now in Bremerhaven as investigations get underway into how the containers fell overboard.