MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company responded quickly to an incident in mid-July when a number of shipping containers went missing overboard from MSC PALAK amid extreme weather. MSC would like to update members of the public in the Port Elizabeth / Algoa Bay region of South Africa, and other interested parties, with the following information:
In the immediate aftermath of the incident MSC quickly authorized an aerial survey and contacted experienced contractors with local knowledge of the area to conduct survey and salvage operations. Xtreme Projects and CDC Commercial Diving Contractors were appointed for the response effort, collaborating closely with local authorities. The contractors have conducted the following activities:
As a responsible, sustainable company, MSC remains committed to ensuring a proper response operation to this incident and the appointed contractors are continuing the sea and shore-based activities. The exact causes of this incident have not been defined.