Cargo Ship Lost 345 Containers and Still Counting

  • Freight ship ‘MSC Zoe’ loses 345 containers at sea.
  • The search party has retrieved most of the containers from the sea bed.
  • Around 21 containers washed ashore German Wadden Sea island of Borkum washed up on the Dutch coast.

According to Dutch news, the number of containers lost by a giant freight ship has risen to 345.

What happened?

In January 2019, the freight ship ‘MSC Zoe’ with a carrying capacity of 19,000 containers was enroute from Portugal to Bremerhaven in Germany when the containers came loose in high seas.

Containers lost at sea

At least 21 containers which fell off the ship near the German Wadden Sea island of Borkum washed up on the Dutch coast, littering the beaches with toys, chairs and even flat-screen tvs.

Initially the number of containers lost at sea was estimated to be 291 but the count has been revised to 345.

Containers retrieved

A large proportion of the containers have been located with many discovered on the sea bed.

The search area has now been expanded to cover 2,700 square kilometres. The new estimate comes after containers were unloaded in both Germany and Poland, allowing officials to determine how many were actually missing.

Dutch officials hope to get a final total next week.

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Source: Dutch News


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