In the “new shipping disaster” in the North Sea, dozens, possibly hundreds of containers would have been thrown overboard. That happened north of the Wadden Islands, the same location as were the disaster with the MSC Zoe took place.
The Deparment of Waterways and Public Works confirms in conversation with Broadcaster Friesland that the container loss concerns a ship that sailed in the German Bocht, the southeastern part of the North Sea bordered by the Dutch and German Wadden Islands, near Schiermonnikoog. Skipper Sander Meijer reports that “100 miles” - about 160 kilometers - containers are floating above Schiermonnikoog and also located four of them on the North Sea bed. Meijer writes that it is rumored that more than 200 containers have been thrown overboard. He speaks of “a new container disaster”. “We are in a wreck app with the entire fishing fleet. If someone gets stuck and has damage to the nets, we put the position in the app. A colleague from Urk said that he saw many large objects on the sonar and thought they were containers, ”Meijer told RTV Noord.
So far no ship has claimed the loss of these containers. May be the didn’t even notice yet…
On New Year’s Day 2019, the MSC Zoe, one of the largest container ships in the world, lost more than three hundred containers over the North Sea. The remains are still being found.