The emergency services are at the scene and are trying to locate the containers. Tugs will prioritise the removal of containers that have landed in the shipping lane. Speaking on Saturday afternoon, Annelies Nauwelaerts of the Antwerp Port Company told the press agency Belga that “As a precautionary measure a sailing ban has been enforced on the River Schelde”.
"We presume that this will remain in force for around one and a half hours. Disruption to shipping will be limited as it is a very quiet day”, Ms Nauwelaerts added.