Operation begins to lift sunken containers off Dutch coast

2019-01-18 22:46

(iStock) (iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A salvage operation to lift scores of shipping containers from the seabed off the northwestern coast of the Netherlands has begun more than two weeks after they tumbled off a cargo vessel in a storm.

Security Region Friesland, the local authority that is coordinating the operation, says on its website that the operation got underway on Friday after repeated postponements because of bad weather.

The MSC Zoe lost 291 containers early this month as it sailed from Portugal to the German port of Bremerhaven. Some of them burst open, scattering their contents along nearby beaches.

Two ships are being used to lift sunken containers to the surface. The Dutch water authority says fishing vessels are standing by near the operation to scoop up any cargo that spills out of open containers.

Read more on:    netherlands

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.