A Shipping Disaster
At the beginning of January 2019, the massive container ship MSC Zoe was transiting in the North Sea off the Dutch/German coast. Caught by the 10m waves caused by Storm Zeetje, 345 containers were lost from the ship. The result for the islands and coastline of the Wadden Sea region was disastrous. Toxic chemicals, plastic pre-production pellets and litter hit the coastline. Among the rubbish found on Terschelling’s long, sandy beaches were shoes, bags, cushions, chairs, TVs and plastic cups. Volunteers were quick to get to work and in one area alone 130 tonnes of waste were collected.