MSC Zoe Incident: Lost Container Count Jumps to 345

The estimated number of containers lost from the MSC Zoe during a North Sea storm in early January has risen to at least 345, more than 50 containers more than initially thought, the Dutch agency Rijkswaterstaat said Wednesday following a report from the shipowner.  The new assessment comes after more of remaining containers on board the MSC Zoe, one of the world's … [Read more...]

MSC Begins Container Cleanup in North Sea

AMSTERDAM, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Swiss shipping line MSC has started cleaning up Dutch sea waters, ten 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 spokesman Edwin de Feijter said on Saturday. "The largest part of the debris has been located, but there are still parts … [Read more...]

Rough Weather Hampers MSC Zoe Container Cleanup

LONDON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Clean-up efforts after a container ship spill off the Dutch coast are being hampered by rough weather although progress is being made, the Swiss based vessel's owner MSC said on Wednesday. In one of the worst incidents off the coast of the Netherlands, more than 250 containers - some holding hazardous chemicals - fell off the MSC Zoe, one of the … [Read more...]

Stowage Questions Mount as Enquiries Begin into MSC Zoe Box Loss

By Janny Kok in Rotterdam (The Loadstar) - Local authorities and residents in The Netherlands remain to be put at ease by Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) promise to pay for the clean-up on Dutch island and mainland coasts affected after 281 containers fell off the MSC Zoe. There have also been questions about the stowage plan of the 23,000 teu containership – in … [Read more...]

Dutch Authorities Demand Clean-Up Costs from MSC Over Lost Containers

By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Dutch authorities will hold Swiss shipping line MSC liable for the cost of cleaning up debris from more than 270 cargo containers that fell off one of its vessels and washed up on shore, officials said on Friday. The Dutch coastguard said a criminal investigation had been launched by prosecutors into the incident, one of the … [Read more...]