The captain of the container ship MSC Zoe will not be prosecuted, the Public Prosecution Service said. During the night of 1 to 2 January 2019, the container ship lost an enormous load of containers in the sea, north of the Wadden Islands, in bad weather. The captain cannot be accused by criminal law, there is no question of guilt or intent, the Public Prosecution Service concluded after investigation.
"Research by an expert at TU Delft has not established exactly what caused the jettisoning of so many containers. It is plausible that the ship hit the seabed. That is insufficient to blame the criminal consequences for behavior of the captain. Furthermore, an investigation has shown that the containers on board were secured in accordance with regulations ", the OM said. In retrospect, there are doubts about the captain’s choice for the route along the Wadden Islands, despite the bad weather, the OM said. However, the judiciary concludes: “The captain was able and allowed to make the chosen short sailing route”.