At least 25 shipping containers, several stocked with batteries, toppled off of a barge and into the waters off Florida’s east coast, including West Palm Beach, on Sunday.
The 340-foot Columbia Elizabeth diverted from its route to Puerto Rico and moored in the Port of Palm Beach, according to a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard.
“I can tell you that when these lost containers do not sink, they usually float right at the surface and are therefore, very hard to detect from any distance, said Keith Beaty, a Palm Beach resident who owns an offshore fishing boat. "They are very hazardous to navigation.”
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The coffee is possibly from a missing load of containers that fell overboard from a barge over the weekend.
Hunt continues for cargo containers lost off Florida's coast
Airplanes and a helicopter searched Florida's east coast Monday for dozens of missing cargo containers, while crews at the Port of Palm Beach sorted through hundreds left on a crowded barge. The effort was all to find out just what ended up in the water and whether it poses a threat.
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New Shipping Container Rule Riles Exporters
Shippers say they will struggle to comply with a new requirement to weigh containers before they’re loaded on ships, a step carriers say will reduce accidents
Retailers, manufacturers and farmers world-wide are protesting a new marine shipping safety rule they say will raise transport costs and cause delays at ports worldwide.
The rule, which kicks in next July in 171 countries, requires exporters to certify the weight of containers before they’re loaded onto ships. Carriers say accurate weights are needed because overloaded containers frequently damage cargo and even cause ships to capsize.
But shippers in many countries say they are ill-equipped to weigh so many containers.
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Mighty close to the Town of Palm Beach Intracoastal Waterline. Image: Bob Holuba
Overweight Containers caused this accident off the UK coast.