The Panama-registered container ship Marcos V lost the 40-foot containers around the Dutch Wadden islands while en route to Germany in heavy winds, on February 19.
arcos V reported to the Coast Guard Center on February 19 in the morning that it had lost containers at sea. The ship lost the containers in the sailing route to the south, between the north of Vlieland and the west of Schoorl.
It is currently known that 26 containers have been lost, which contained no cargo.
The Dutch Coast Guard is now working together with the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) and the safety region of Fryslân with regard to further handling of this incident.
Rijkswaterstaat holds the ship manager liable for the incident, while the security region has initiated an active search for containers on the Wadden Islands.
The coast guard has also deployed a tug to search for floating containers, and a plane is alerted to search from the air. No containers have been found to date.
The Coast Guard warns shipping traffic of the danger of the lost containers
At the time of the incident there was a wind force of 9-10bft and the waves were around 8 meters high.
Met de wetenschap dat er vannacht een aantal containers overboord zijn geslagen te noorden van Vlieland is het maar een triest gezicht als Marcos V in beeld is op onze webcam bij Hoek van Holland…https://t.co/bYdngPINky@inekevangent @Kustwacht_nl @POL_Vlieland pic.twitter.com/h7zHR0BmAm
— HeelHollandKijkt (@heelhollandkijk) February 19, 2022
A series of incidents with exceptional container losses occurred during the winter season 2020-2021. As a result, the TopTier project was put in place by the industry to find ways to avoid similar incidents in the future, and initial results show that parametric rolling in following seas was especially hazardous.
When to be alert?
Ships at low GM are vulnerable to parametric rolling in following seas, especially when there are waves with a long length from the stern quarter. Long term routing and short term vessel handling should consider the risk of parametric rolling in following seas when:
- Vessel rolling period is long because of low GM (rolling periods in excess of 20s for ships with length above 250m). The rolling period should be measured after departure, as rules of thumb based on GM are not always accurate.
- Following sea conditions (or close to) are expected or experienced.
- The rolling period is twice the wave encounter period. The wave encounter period is equal to the pitching period and can be measured with a stopwatch.
- Wave lengths are longer than two-thirds of the ship length.