progress has been made in the clean-up operation of the debris originating from
containers that fell from MSC Zoe on
January 2 during heavy weather.
and Dutch beaches since the incident, according to MSC.
beach vacuum-cleaners the response operation has achieved significant progress
on the Frisian islands of Terschelling, Vlieland, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog,
in the Wadden Sea and on the mainland,” the company said in
the latest update.
As informed, sonar-assisted search has helped locate hundreds of objects
in the water in recent days and these contacts are being evaluated by MSC’s
contractors and the authorities. So far, 21 entire containers were washed up.
far, with the majority being spread over a length of 23 miles
above the Dutch municipalities Terschelling, Schiermonnikoog and east of this
of containers from the sea
is working with relevant counterparts on a salvage plan of the spilled
containers, which should be launched soon. However, the complex, large-scale
operation aimed at salvaging the containers at sea depends upon a number of
conditions, including weather, tide, shipping traffic in the busy waterway and
yet to be located.
Zoe, according to the latest deck inspection data cited by Rijkswaterstaat. The
containers added to the overall tally do not contain hazardous substances,
based on the latest update.
operations scheduled for today had to be suspended pending improved weather
unfortunately this will interrupt some operations. Response teams nonetheless
remain vigilant and are proactively monitoring for any subsequent recharging of
beaches with materials from MSC Zoe, as a result of the weather and sea
movements,” MSC said.
members have also taken part in the cleanup efforts, called on the mandatory
introduction of real-time locating systems for containers transporting
dangerous goods on European shipping lanes.
fallen containers from MSC boxship contained hazardous substances, including
dibenzoyl peroxide as well as dicyclohexyl phthalate, according to Greenpeace.
technology is available, as SMART containers allow for the cargo to be
located more easily at sea in case of loss.
of our industry and is increasingly offering smart container solutions to
interested customers. However, to date, only a small proportion of the shipping
industry’s global container fleet is equipped with real-time tracking devices.
More research is needed to find a system that will work under a range of
conditions both out of the water and in the water,” a
MSC spokesperson told World Maritime News in a statement on the matter.