Crews Offloading Toppled Cargo Containers at Port Everglades

Work to remove cargo containers from barge could take days: Officials

By Betty Yu and Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013  |  Updated 5:38 PM EDT
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Crews continued to work Wednesday to offload several tilting cargo containers from a barge that was docked in Port Everglades. BSO spokesman Mike Jachles comments.

Crews continued to work Wednesday to offload several tilting cargo containers from a barge that was docked in Port Everglades. BSO spokesman Mike Jachles comments.

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Barge Spills Cargo Containers Into Waters Near Key Biscayne

Photos and VideosWeird News PhotosPHOTOSWeird News PhotosOddest Weird News of 2011PHOTOSOddest WeirdNews of 2011More Photos and VideosA total of 22 cargo containers fell into waters near Key Biscayne after a barge transporting goods to Guantanamo Bay began listing and the stacks of containers toppled over like dominoes, officials said.

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A total of 22 cargo containers fell into waters near Key Biscayne after a barge transporting goods to Guantanamo Bay began listing and the stacks of containers toppled over, officials said. The barge, Atlantic Trader, was delivering groceries and other household supplies to Guantanamo when it began listing, Port Everglades spokeswoman Ellen Kennedy said.
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Crews continued to work Wednesday to offload several tilting cargo containers from a barge docked at Port Everglades as officials said the work could take days.

According to the Coast Guard, about two dozen containers fell into the waters near Key Biscayne on Monday after the barge, Atlantic Trader, began listing.

The Atlantic Trader had left Jacksonville and was on its way to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when the containers toppled like dominoes about 18 miles from Key Biscayne. Most of the containers held groceries but five had hazardous materials inside, officials said.

Barge Spills Containers Into Waters Off Key Biscayne

On Wednesday, Hazmat crews suited up to assess the condition and goods inside some of the containers that were offloaded at the port.

"We have a good idea what's inside them, nothing is leaking and there's no danger at this point nor do we expect there to be any danger," Broward Sheriff's Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said. "It's an unusual operation but its certainly nothing that we're not prepared to respond for."

Coast Guard officials said of the containers that went into the water, one is visible.

"Right now it's 27 miles off the coast of Ft. Pierce. They have commercial salvage crews there on scene monitoring the container to make sure it doesn't go anywhere, and if it does they're following it to make sure other oncoming vessels don't run into it," said Petty Officer Mark Barney.

Officials were also searching from the air to see if they could find anymore.

Broward First Responders Hold Drill at Port Everglades

Jachles said the removal of the tilting containers could take days.

"The goal here, while it's a lengthy operation, is to complete this operation safely, we're not trying to beat the clock here," he said. "This is something that's being done safely and if it takes two days, it takes two days."

Jachles added that officials know what's inside the containers.

"We have a good idea of what's inside them. Nothing is leaking and there's no danger at this point nor do we expect any danger," he said.


 

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