MSC Hires Clean-up Company, Sonar-Equipped Vessels for North Sea Search

Response to MSC Zoe Container Spill

MSC Zoe – Silk Service – Voyage FS848W

02/01/2019

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has started a clean-up operation in response to a substantial spill of containers in the North Sea.

The cargo ship MSC Zoe encountered heavy weather while sailing toward Bremerhaven, Germany, on 2 January.

Unfortunately, a number of the containers were damaged or lost overboard amid very difficult conditions.

MSC appointed on 2 January a salvage company to coordinate the retrieval of cargo and beach clean-up operations and is also deploying specialised ships equipped with sonar to search for missing cargo at sea.

MSC takes this incident very seriously, both in terms of the impact of such accidents on the natural environment and in terms of any damage to customers’ cargo.

In all aspects of the clean-up MSC is collaborating with local authorities.

MSC Zoe proceeded to Bremerhaven for cargo discharge operations. In the meantime, MSC is analysing the causes of the incident.

MSC will ensure that customers who seek further information receive direct communications in the coming days. They are invited to contact local MSC representatives.

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co S.A. press release