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First photos of OOCL ship that lost containers in North Sea storm

Credit: Netherlands Coast Guard

PortandTerminal.com, February 13, 2020

ROTTERDAM – It is now believed that the Dutch-registered container ship OOCL Rauma lost as many as 7 containers overboard on Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred 25 miles north off the coast of the Netherlands in rough seas.

Stern view of a container ship struggling in heavy seas
Credit: Netherlands Coast Guard

According to the authorities, the OOCL Rauma encountered high waves on 11 February while it approached the Port of Rotterdam from the Port of Kotka, Finland.

Authorities say that the lost containers carried paper, cardboard and, according to reports, powdered milk. The authorities also said that no hazardous substances were on board and none had spilt their contents.

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Port side view of container ship. Several containers on deck are hanging off the side
Credit: Netherlands Coast Guard

This latest incident in Dutch waters is the first loss of containers in the North Sea since the MSC Zoe, one of the largest containerships in the world, lost 342 in January 2019.

Much of Northern Europe has been experiencing very heavy weather as Storm Ciara batters the region. The storm has caused widespread flight and train cancellations as well as port closures. Five deaths have been blamed on the storm.

READ: Maritime Image of the Day: Storm Ciara Batters Northern Europe

The Port of Rotterdam was forced to suspend entry into the port on Monday due to bad weather. One tanker owner said that the port has up to “10-day berth delays in Rotterdam” due to the havoc caused by Storm Ciara.

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