Dutch Coastguard warn – floating containers

16-Nov-2014 18:35:01 Netherlands Coastguard (P) Navigational Warnings (A) ZCZC PA31 NETHERLANDS COASTGUARD NAVIGATIONAL WARNING NR. 31 261707 UTC OCT TERSCHE*LING – GERMAN BIGHT TSS 4 CONTAINERS LOST IN VICINITY 53-32.7N 005-19.2E AT 220600 UTC OCT, POSSIBLY*SUNK 6 CONTAINERS REPORTED ADRIFT IN VICINITY OF 53-44.7N 006-18.3E AT 220927 UTC OCT AND POSSIBLY SUNK NAVIGATIONAL WARNING NR. 25 221113 UTC OCT AND* NAVIGATIONAL WARNING NR. 23 221047 UTC OCT CANCELLED NNNN

This is a standard warning of floating containers off the Dutch Coast. This may well be the only public mention of these 10 shipping containers.

Quite a scary thought when you think that the sea off the Netherlands is one of the busiest shipping areas in Europe!

This is a screen shot (MarineTraffic) of all of the shipping in the German Bight at the time of typing – the ships shown are larger commercial vessels – smaller craft will not even appear! What damage could these floating containers do?

German Bight Shipping 20-11-14

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