Update: Maersk Container with 11 Million Cigarettes washed ashore on British coast
One of the Svendborg Maersk containers has washed ashore having studded the beach of UK with 11 million cigarettes.
When crossing the Bay of Biscay in stormy conditions on February 14th, the Maersk container vessel lost hundreds of containers. As reported, most of the containers were empty and sunk in the French waters. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was monitoring the English Channel and asked the ships moving in this area to report any notices of floating containers.
The washed-up container was discovered at Axmouth beach and is a 40ft shipping container, that could contain up to 55,511 cartons of cigarettes. This means about 11 Million cigarettes swimming just meter from the beach.
To overview the whole story of lost containers see our previous news: SVENDBORG MAERSK lost 50 containers and Update: Svendborg Maersk lost up to 520 containers