MSC Zoe Casualty

The MSC Zoe encountered heavy weather whilst en route from Sines, Portugal to Bremerhaven, Germany on 2 January 2019. As a result, an unknown number of containers were damaged on board and about 280 container were lost in German waters near Borkum island. The further circumstances, which have contributed to the collapse of a number of container stacks, in particular the condition of the midship area from where the container fell overboard, need to be investigated.

The vessel arrived at Bremerhaven on 03 January 2019 and was secured at the Eurogate Container Terminal, where initial inspections of the vessel and its cargo have been taking place. As per first information the MSC Zoe remained relatively undamaged, whereas part the cargo on board suffered damages to a significant extent.

On 04 January 2019, the discharge operations have commenced and maintained on an ‘around the clock basis’. However, due to prevailing weather conditions as well as the precarious position of the damaged containers, the operations have been discontinued several times and progressing at a slow pace.

The major focus of the actual operation is on the containers which remained in good condition and were bound for discharge at Bremerhaven anyway. Depending on the length of the operation, it will be seen whether the vessel will sail on with the remaining unaffected container still on board or whether they will be discharged and transhipped to their final destination.

There may be uncertainty as well about how to handle the damaged containers on board, which require special equipment and operational procedures to ensure safety of the parties involved as well as the cargo itself. Accordingly, it is entirely unclear at the moment when this part of the discharge operation will be started and when it will be finalised.

As no one but authorities and vessel interests are allowed to board the ship, it is difficult to oversee the situation on site to predict the way forward and to get any detailed information about the cargo.

Taking the current situation into account it is only safe to say that the discharge and salvage operation on board will still take weeks, followed by the corresponding survey arrangements.

As per latest information, it could be the case that the MSC Zoe has taken a southern course, which is only about 16 nm off Borkum and adjacent islands with a maximum water depth of 20 m, to take a short cut and allegedly save time. The Ministry responsible for the infrastructure and water management in The Hague confirmed to the media that the Prosecutor General's Office has initiated investigation on that issue.

In addition, thorough investigation in respect of the concerned liabilities as well as of the recovery prospects are carried out by us (which we consider very promising) and we are looking forward to receive your instructions in this regard.

We are looking for motivated Team Players

Vacancies in various departments.

Do you like working with solution-oriented and communicative people? Are you looking for an area of work with plenty of variety? Do you speak more than one language? Perhaps you should get to know us.

Our firm is continuing to grow, so that we are constantly searching for highly motivated and team-oriented staff in the following positions:

  • Cargo and Marine Surveyor
  • Cargo Claims Handler
  • Loss Adjuster
  • Recovery Agent
  • Cargo Suveyor
  • Lawyer

Interested? Then we look forward to seeing your informative unsolicited application.


Successful audit by Bureau Veritas for ISO 9001:2015

Recertification is valid for three years.

To ensure we offer our principals a consistently high standard of service, Reck & Co. has itself audited every three years by auditors from BVQI Germany. During this, our company goes through a multistage process in which our management system and working procedures are investigated and we accompany the auditors on a tour of the company.

The successful audit is very important to us, not only as a good reference in itself. We see certification as an opportunity to rethink our own way of operating and identify potential for improvement. As such, the process validates our ongoing commitment to our work.

B2Run in Bremen

We are taking part on 28 May 2018.

Teamwork and fairness are very popular at Reck & Co. That’s why we also participate tomorrow in the B2Run company run in Bremen. In 2017 we were there for the first time. Now we are even more ambitioned, so we compete this year with an even stronger team. But the competition is huge: More than 8,000 participants from around 350 companies have registered at the Bremen B2Run 2018. So cheer us on. We are happy about every motivational coach at the edge of the track!

Breakbulk Europe 2018

From the 29th to the 31st of May 2017 the Breakbulk Europe takes place for the first time in Bremen. The international trade fair is primarily concerned with the safe transport of special goods that are not loaded in a container. We are also involved as experts for load securing and transport damage at the fair.

Breakbulk Europe 2018 in Bremen

Connecting the global industrial supply chain
ÖVB Arena Bremen | Hall 4, Hall 5, Hall 6
29 May 2018 – 31 May 2018

Tue: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (welcome reception within the exhibition)
Wed: 10:00 – 18:00 clock
Thu .: 10:00 – 16:00

Thu .: 10:00 – 16:00 | Hall 4, Hall 5, Hall 6