Cargo ship lost at least 345 containers, but final total still unclear

Photo: Coastguard
The MSC Zoe after the losses were discovered. Photo: Coastguard

The number of containers lost by giant freight ship MSC Zoe in early January has now been revised upwards to at least 345, website said on Wednesday.

The highest total so far mentioned was 291, of which a large proportion have now been located, many on the sea bed. The search area has now been expanded to cover 2,700 square kilometres.

The new estimate comes after containers were unloaded in both Germany and Poland, allowing officials to determine how many were actually missing. Dutch officials hope to get a final total next week, said.

At least 21 containers which fell off the ship near the German Wadden Sea island of Borkum washed up on the Dutch coast, littering the beaches with toys, chairs and even flat-screen tvs.

The MSC Zoe is one of the biggest freighters in the world and can carry 19,000 containers in total. It was heading from Portugal to Bremerhaven in Germany when the containers came loose in high seas.

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