The Dutch Safety Board has urged large containerships to avoid navigating through a shipping
channel through an environmentally sensitive, shallow sea off the coast of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark in heavy northwesterly storms because of the heightened risk of them
losing their cargo.
The recommendation is part of a report into an incident that occurred 18 months ago, when the MSC Zoe boxship lost 342 containers during stormy conditions. The Board concluded that ‘due to the value of the Wadden area, it is undesirable that these container ships choose the southern shipping route past the Wadden coast during a northwestern storm.’
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