UPDATE: MSC Steps Up Missing Container Search

 07 Jan 2019 10.33am

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, the second biggest container shipping line in the world, will pay the full costs of the clean-up of the January 2 MSC Zoe container spill, according to a statement.

This will include surveying the Dutch and German coastlines until all debris related to the spill is cleared.

The carrier also said it is committed to searching for the containers which fell overboard and won’t give up its search until the last one is found.

To assist it in its operations, MSC has appointed Ardent Global, a specialist in marine emergency preparedness and response, to coordinate the search at sea in both the Netherlands and Germany with all relevant authorities.

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The MSC Zoe, one of the largest containerships in the world, lost 270 containers during a storm in the North Sea on January 2.

Some of the containers, which included flat screen TVs, clothing and furniture, among other things, washed up on the West Frisian Islands off the Dutch coast.

The vessel is still anchored in the German port of Bremen and an investigation into the spill is underway.

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The statement from MSC read: “MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company would like to reassure authorities and members of the public in the Netherlands and Germany that the company will pay the full costs of the clean-up of the 2 January MSC Zoe container spill.

“MSC is committed to continuing searching the sea for the containers which fell overboard until the last one is found. MSC will also ensure that the beaches of the Dutch and German coastlines are surveyed until all debris related to this incident has been cleared.

“MSC confirms the appointment of Ardent Global to coordinate the search at sea in both countries, in full collaboration with relevant authorities.

“Ardent is well known across the world for its expertise in marine salvage and emergency response and, together with MSC, will strive to minimize the impact on the environment and safety of navigation from this accident.

“Other specialist response companies already appointed by MSC continue to work with authorities and members of the public on beach cleaning, as previously communicated”.

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