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On 25 October 1992, the Norwegian cargo vessel Nordfrakt which was on voyage from Szczecin (Poland) to Antwerp (Belgium) encountered bad weather in the North Sea. Due to heavy seas, a displacement of the cargo occurred and the ship sank 50 km off Noordwijk (Netherlands) with 2,352 tonnes of lead concentrate.

The 6 crew members were rescued from two liferafts by helicopter.
Salvage operations to pump out the cargo from the wreck began in January 1993 and in March of that year, salvors started to cut up the wreck and remove it in pieces.


  • Bonn Agreement, 1999, Chemical spills at sea: case studies, BONN 99/3/6-E
  • HOOKE, Norman, 1997, Maritime Casualties 1963-1996, second edition, LLP Limited, London

Name: Nordfrakt

Date: 25 October 1992

Location: Netherlands

Accident area: 50 km off Noordwijk

Cause of spill: damage to cargo

Quantity transported: 2,352 tonnes

Type of pollutant: lead concentrate

Quantity spilled: 2,352 tonnes

Ship type: cargo vessel

Date built: 1973

Shipyard: J.J. Sietas GmbH & Co., K.G. Schiffsw., Hamburg, Germany

Length: 76.03 m

Width: 11.82 m

Flag: Norwegian

Last update: September 2009

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