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SAFETY ALERT: LNM: Offshore Hazard, Stray Cargo Containers


70 stray cargo containers pose threat to mariners off North Carolina

PORTSMOUTH, Va.— The Coast Guard is warning mariners of navigation hazards after about 70 cargo containers fell off of a cargo ship Saturday night, about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.

NC – APPROXIMATELY 70 40FT SUBMERGED AND PARTIALLY SUBMERGED CONTAINERS ARE ADRIFT 18-25 NM EAST OF CAPE HATTERAS AND EXTENDING SOUTH TO CAPE LOOKOUT.
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The cargo ship Maersk Shanghai contacted watchstanders at Sector North Carolina’s command center via VHF-FM marine radio channel 16, notifying them that they lost approximately 70 to 73 cargo containers due to high winds and heavy seas.

The Coast Guard urges all mariners to transit this area with caution.

Cargo container lost off North Carolina coast held 5900 pounds of sulfuric acid from WTVR.com Wilmington, NC

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  1. David Tarbox -  March 10, 2018 - 9:24 am

    Any idea which way they are headed and how long they are likely to remain afloat? Will the Coast Guard take action to sink them? Will the cargo ship Maersk Shanghai be billed for the effort?

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