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The Dutch Safety Board today began an investigation into the dumping of some 280 containers that fell from the MSC Zoe cargo ship last week when it was sailing in the North Sea, near the German island of Borkum and with Panamanian flag.
The Board’s research council, in collaboration with the Panamanian authorities, focuses mainly on the general consequences of the accident, as well as on the effects it has on the navigation route of the ship and on the islands of the Wadden Sea, UNESCO World Heritage Site for its flora and fauna.
Some containers ended up in the Dutch islands of Terschelling and Vlieland, where local people have looted their contents, which includes toys, flat-screen TVs or Ikea furniture, among other objects, while hundreds of other fishermen, volunteers and soldiers have been cleaning up the mess in the last days.
The freighter is moored in the German port of Bremen and the council employees have moved there to conduct an exploratory investigation, talk to the captain of the ship and try to determine how international regulations apply and if this case is under Dutch jurisdiction or Germanic
“We will talk to the captain and the authorities, and we will also investigate if the ship has lost the containers in Dutch or German waters, or both,” said a spokesman for the Board.
For its part, the Dutch Public Ministry is also conducting a criminal investigation to determine the cause for which the freighter lost the containers and if what happened is an intentional and criminal action.
Source: La Vanguardia