On 9 February 2006, the Liberian container ship P&O Nedlloyd Mondriaan was travelling from Southampton (England) to Hamburg (Germany) when it was got caught in a storm off the Dutch coast. As the vessel rolled with the waves, 58 containers tumbled overboard.
Nine landed intact on the beach and two others were stuck in the breakers. Others had sunk or were drifting around. The charterer P&O Nedlloyd Container Line Limited assured that the containers had no hazardous materials in them. The following day, beaches of the Dutch island of Terschellingen were covered with tennis shoes, aluminium briefcases and children's toys.
It should be mentioned that 10 days later, the P&O Nedlloyd Mondriaan encountered again bad weather conditions in the Bay of Biscay and lost 50 empty containers. On the same day in the same storm in about the same location, the CMA-CGM Otello also lost 50 boxes.
Name: P&O Nedlloyd Mondriaan
Date: 9 February 2006
Accident area: 15 km off Terschellingen Island
Cause of spill: weather conditions
Type of pollutant: diverse objects (tennis shoes, children's toys...)
Quantity spilled: 58 containers
Ship type: container ship
Date built: 2004
Shipyard: IHI Marine United Ltd., Kure, Japan
Length: 335 m
Width: 42.8 m
Owner: P&O Nedlloyd Container Line Limited, London and Rotterdam, Great Britain and Holland
Last update: May 2011