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A cargo ship has lost more than 40 containers off the Danish coast as the North Sea was battered by a storm, shipping company Maersk says.

The vessel, the MAYVIEW MAERSK, had reported the loss of containers on its way from Bremerhaven in Germany to Poland early on Friday morning."No crew members were injured and the ship can continue to operate normally," a Maersk spokesman said. According to initial estimates, more than 40 containers went overboard."The relevant authorities were informed of the incident."According to media reports, individual containers and cargo have already washed ashore.

Danish police say it is theft to remove any items that washed up after a ship dropped containers. (AP PHOTO)

Refrigerators, cannulas and shoes were found on a coastal strip in the north of Denmark, as reported by radio station DR and other outlets Police in North Jutland warned people on X that taking the items would be persecuted as theft. The shipping giant promised to help with the clean-up, saying it had engaged a company experienced in recovering and locating lost containers.

Maersk announced that it would investigate the case and take the necessary steps to minimise the risk of similar incidents in future Affected customers would be informed about their shipments.

A storm system known as Pia in Denmark had hit the country on Thursday afternoon.

Source : Australian Associated Press