Stray cargo containers pose threat to mariners off North Carolina

Published 10:19 am Wednesday, March 7, 2018

On Saturday night, March 3, the U .S. Coast Guard warned mariners of navigation hazards after 70 to 73 cargo containers fell off a cargo ship, about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet.

The cargo ship Maersk Shanghai contacted watchstanders at Sector North Carolina’s command center via VHF-FM marine radio channel 16, with notice about the lost containers due to high winds and heavy seas.

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

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On Sunday, more information was released that at least once shipping container has sulfuric acid in sealed drums.

The U.S. Coast Guard found four of the containers floating 10 to 14 miles offshore and about 50 miles south of where lost, reports The Virginian-Pilot.

If a container is discovered on area beaches, notify the USCG NC Sector Command in Wilmington at (910) 343-3882 or Dare County at (252) 473-3444.