Coast Guard, Partner Agencies Work to Recover Fallen Containers

Press Release
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Photo: USCG

At approximately 1 p.m. Monday (March 4, 2013), the Coast Guard received a report that 22 containers fell off the 91-foot barge Atlantic Trader and into the ocean 18 miles east of Key Biscayne, Fla.

Coast Guard Watchstanders at Sector Miami received notification from the Tug Spence that 22 containers on a voyage from Jacksonville, Fla., to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba fell off the barge into the water.

An aircrew from Coast Guard Airstation Miami launched to the scene and initially located some of the containers floating around the Tug Spence. Coast Guard Cutter Gannet crewmembers were diverted and arrived on scene along with crewmembers from commercial salvage who marked the containers with strobe lights to prevent a hazard to navigation.

The Tug Spence and barge Atlantic Trader, with some containers still hanging over the side, and some container stacks fallen over like dominoes, were piloted in by three tug boats and moored in Port Everglades, Fla., at approximately 10:15 p.m.

The Coast Guard is working with commercial salvage to locate and tow four containers that remain afloat to the port where crews can recover the containers from the water.

Coast Guard Sector Miami personnel have been working with Port Everglades to ensure a safe offloading plan of the containers to a pier in Port Everglades.

"Over the last two days the Coast Guard has been gathering information from the shipper Trans Atlantic and working with Port Everglades, Broward County Sheriff's Office, Broward County Fire and Rescue, Port Everglades Pilots, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection to assess the condition and contents of containers on the barge Atlantic Trader and those in the water to take best actions to mitigate potential threats to safe navigation, the marine environment, and responders involved in the salvage effort," said Capt. David G. McClellan, chief of prevention for Coast Guard Sector Miami. 

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

www.uscgnews.com

Courtesy of Dennis Bryant: www.brymar-consulting.com
 

Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Container Ships

Los Angeles Container Volumes Drop

November container volumes down 3 percent at Port of Los Angeles; year-to-date volumes up 6.5 percent   Overall containerized cargo volumes in November 2014 have

Transpacific Box Shippers Plan Freight Rate Rise

A container shipping organisation urged companies on Wednesday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) from Jan. 15, corresponding to an increase of 26.

Container Volumes on the Rise in South Carolina

Container volume up 13 percent at South Carolina Ports Authority; Charleston benefiting from federal appropriations    The SC Ports Authority announced another

Coast Guard

USCG Commandant to Address PVA Convention

Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Paul F. Zukunft will attend the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2015 in Long Beach, Calif. and deliver a keynote

Philippines to Buy Naval Assets, China Sea Dispute Simmers

The Philippines aims to buy two frigates, two helicopters and three gunboats for deployment in the South China Sea where a territorial dispute with China has lent

USCG Provides SAR Planning Support to Korea

Coast Guard search and rescue crews were relieved by Republic of Korea assets on Saturday in their search for 26 crewmembers from the fishing vessel 501 Oryong that capsized Nov.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3688 sec (3 req/sec)