French environmental organization to sue Maersk Line

Environmental organization Robin des Bois wants to sue Maersk Line for failing to immediately notify authorities following the loss of 500 containers into the sea off the coast of western France.

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The loss of 500 containers from ship Maersk Svendborg during a storm in the Bay of Biscay could result in a legal aftermath. French environmental advocate Robin des Bois plans to sue Maersk Line for failing to immediately notify authorities about losing the containers off the coast of western France, says the organization.

According to Robin des Bois, Maersk Line first informed that the incident involved 75 containers. Later the carrier estimated that between 200 and 300 containers had gone overboard, and when the ship reached Malaga, a close count revealed that the number of containers lost was far greater than originally assumed, at a total of 520 containers.

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