Stanley Yacht Services: No Longer A Shipping Or Environmental Hazard

Thursday, March 7, 2013

No Longer A Shipping Or Environmental Hazard

Photo | USCG
A container ship underway to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba lost part of its cargo just off the South Florida coast on Monday. Some 22 containers slipped off the deck of the Atlantic Trader as it was towed from Jacksonville, FL to the naval base. While almost half of those sank immediately to the bottom of the ocean, others floated for over a day before losing their buoyancy by Wednesday afternoon. In the interim, the U.S. Coast Guard placed strobe lights on the floating containers to alert marine traffic.

The Coast Guard has now issued assurances that the sunken containers no longer pose a shipping or environmental hazard, although Capt. David McClellan, chief of the prevention department at Coast Guard Sector Miami, noted, "I wouldn't want to be some organism down there on the bottom of the ocean at 1,000 feet ... with a container sitting on you."
Photo | USCG Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney

The barge was towed to Port Everglades where the remaining precariously-tilted containers are being carefully removed.

Atlantic Trader is expected to depart Fort Lauderdale on Friday and resume its normal schedule.

Read more:
Gitmo-bound Barge Loses Cargo Into Ocean |
Barge Spills Cargo Containers Into Waters Near Key Biscayne | NBC 6 South Florida
Work Continues To Remove Teetering Containers On Barge | CBS Miami

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