On 6 February 2010, while the Finnish cargo ship Linda was travelling from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to St Petersburg (Russia), three containers were lost at sea south of the island of Gotland (Sweden). According to the owner, Oy Langh Ship Ab, the accident happened when the bottom container in a stack collapsed under the weight of the others.
The ship’s dangerous goods manifest indicated that one of the containers was transporting 5 tonnes of flammable substances and that the two others contained around 15 tonnes of marine pollutants. The Swedish Coast Guards conducted a sea and air search to locate the containers but to no avail.
The authorities warned all vessels passing through the accident area to be vigilant. The lost containers could present a danger to shipping if they were to remain semi-submerged.
Name: MS Linda
Accident area : south of Gotland
Cause of spill : damage to containers
Type of pollutants : flammable substances, marine pollutants
Quantities spilled : 5 tonnes of flammable substances + 15 tonnes of marine pollutants
Ship type : cargo vessel
Date built : 2007
Shipyard : J.J.Sietas, Hamburg (Germany)
Length : 141.20 m
Width : 21.55 m
Draught : 8.60 m
Flag : Finnish
Owner : Oy Langh Ship Ab
Charterer : Containerships Ltd
Last update: 8 June 2010