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Linda

Name
Linda
Accident date
06/02/2010
Location
Sweden
Accident area
south of Gotland
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Structural damage
Nature of pollutant
flammable substances, marine pollutants
Quantity spilled
5 tonnes of flammable substances + 15 tonnes of marine pollutants
Ship / structure type
Cargo vessel
Built date
2007
Shipyard
J.J.Sietas, Hamburg (Germany)
Length
141.20 m
Width
21.55 m
Draught
8.60 m
Flag
Finlandais
Owner
Oy Langh Ship Ab
Charterer
Containerships Ltd

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.

Sources:

- ISCO Newsletter, 15th February, 2010, Baltic: Finnish container ship sheds hazardous goods into Baltic Sea – Marine search continues for poisonous chemicals
- Langh Ship
- Euronews
- People's Daily Online

Last update: 07/06/2010