Chemicals Found on Dutch Beach after Container Spill

Debris washes ashore as containers lost off Netherlands News Lens

German authorities say two of them contained risky substances: organic peroxide in one case and lithium-ion batteries in the other. A bag of the substance washed ashore on a Dutch island.

The Panama-registered ship, which was mostly carrying toys, furniture and auto parts, lost the containers late on Tuesday while battling a storm off the Frisian Islands, an archipelago off the northwestern Dutch coast also known as the Wadden Islands.

It was unclear how numerous containers sank to the sea bottom and how many were still floating and could pose a hazard to marine traffic or beach scavengers who turned out in response to reports of the cargo spill.

Germany's Central Command for Maritime Emergencies said authorities have established that three missing containers at most contained a unsafe substance, but none of them has been found yet.

Authorities have warned volunteers and locals not to touch any bags but to call police or the fire brigade.

Collapsed container lay on board of the container vessel MSC ZOE after the arrival at harbor of Bremerhaven, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. "How are we going to clean this up?" an environmentalist on Schiermonnikoog, Cynthia Borras, said.

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Containers with items including flat-screen televisions have washed up on Dutch islands in the North Sea.

Images posted to Twitter show sandals and a My Little Pony toy, alongside flat-screen TVs, damaged containers and even a BMW.

So far, around 20 containers have been located near the shores of these islands while another six were found in German waters.

A statement from MSC explained the containers were lost during "heavy weather" and that a salvage company is helping to search for missing items and in the cleanup.

In the meantime, MSC is analysing the causes of the incident.

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