MSC Zoe lost around 270 boxes during the accident on January 2. A heavy storm in the North Sea was the main cause of the accident.
The shipping giant launched immediately the clean-up operation. Three days later, MSC promised to find every container, limiting as more as possible the environmental pollution. In addition, the company pledged to cover all the costs of the containers search and the North Sea clean-up.
Many cargoes from the boxes began washing up on beaches in the region. The containers included toys, TVs and packages of individually wrapped shoes.
Three of the shipping containers carried toxic substances. MSC did not provide a detailed account of the cargo, citing confidentiality between the shipping line and their customers. However, the company said in its press release that “we are not aware at this time of any public injury from the cargo in MSC-carried containers spilled overboard.”
MSC reported on Friday that they were directly taking over more of the cleanup of German and Dutch waters and beaches following the cargo ship spill. “MSC is now working with a number of salvage companies to add momentum to the quick response,” the company said. “In some locations, MSC is also taking over contracts initiated by local authorities as part of an emergency reaction to the incident, in order to provide a sustained and effective response operation.”
The World Shipping Council, Lopez continued, outlined industry initiatives to reduce the number of containers lost. They include verified gross mass rules, revised ISO standards, and updated codes for packing of cargo transport units, he explained.
“At any point in time, there are about 6,000 containerships active on the world’s seas and waterways linking continents and communities through trade,” the council said in 2017. “The container shipping industry’s goal remains to keep the loss of containers carried on those ships as close to zero as possible. Carriers will continue to explore and implement preventative and realistic measures to achieve that goal.”