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Fourth mystery container from storm-tossed ship spotted in the sea off Devon

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

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A fourth shipping container washed overboard from a container ship during storm weather has been spotted bobbing in the sea off the Westcountry.

The containers were lost over the side of the Svenborg Maersk in the Bay of Biscay and three have already been sighted off the South Devon and South Dorset coast.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has now reported that a fourth container has been spotted off Start Point in Devon.

The contents of this container are as yet unconfirmed. A container door was found washed ashore in Bournemouth on March 4.

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The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) said it was continuing to work with land-owners, volunteers and other agencies to coordinate the clean-up of spilt cargo on the Dorset coast.

Cigarettes, pet food, sachets of tea and packets of feta cheese and olives have been washed up, with the highest concentration found on stretches of Chesil Beach,

So far, the DWP has collected and disposed of up to 10 tonnes of cigarettes, pet food and other litter from Chesil Beach.

The Lulworth Estate ranger team cleared Durdle Door and Man O’ War beaches of cigarette packets, cat food, sachets of tea and packets of feta and olives last week.

Agencies involved in the clean-up operation include HM Revenue and Customs, the UK Border Force, loss adjusters for Maersk, the Environment Agency, Natural England, local authorities and the Dorset Coast Forum.

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