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MSC takes over more of the cleanup of North Sea box spill

THE Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said it is taking over more of the cleanup of German and Dutch waters following Wednesday's spill of 250 containers from the weather deck of the 19,224-TEU MSC Zoe in heavy weather, reports American Shipper

06 January 2019 - 19:00

THE Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said it is taking over more of the cleanup of German and Dutch waters following Wednesday's spill of 250 containers from the weather deck of the 19,224-TEU MSC Zoe in heavy weather, reports American Shipper.

Together with local authorities, MSC said it is working with salvage companies. 'In some locations, MSC is taking over contracts initiated by local authorities to provide a sustained and effective response,' MSC said.



That operation is being coordinated through a single specialised response company, appointed by MSC and its insurers, to centralise and monitor the cleaning work,' it said.



The cleanup is concentrated around the Dutch and German coastlines and the Frisian islands of Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog, MSC said.



Sonar-tracing vessels for underwater recovery and boats with hydraulic, remote-operated grab functions to pick up boxes are being deployed.



The Associated Press had reported that Dutch authorities were warning the public to stay away from the containers as some carried toxic and flammable chemicals.


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