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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

22 containers domino off barge into Atlantic

The Atlantic Trader, a Navy barge on its way from Jacksonville to Guantanamo Bay spilled 22 containers into the ocean, according to the Coast Guard.

By about 10:15 p.m. Monday, three tugboats helped the tug and barge make it to Port Everglades “with some containers still hanging over the side, and some container stacks fallen over like dominoes,” a Coast Guard statement said.

The barge was delivering groceries and other household supplies to Guantanamo when it began listing, Port Everglades spokeswoman Ellen Kennedy said.

The Coast Guard said they would try to recover some of the containers, which held household goods, aerosols, and refrigerant gasses.

Workers were expected to start the careful removal of the containers from the barge Tuesday afternoon, Kennedy said.

For more of the Miami Herald story: miamiherald.com

For more of the First Coast News story: firstcoastnews.com



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