The search is on in Florida, for dozens of shipping containers that fell off the barge carrying them on Sunday.

US Coast Guard is on scene searching for the missing containers and boaters along the coast between Port Canaveral and West Palm Beach have been alerted to the safety hazard.

Barge container ship, Columbia Elizabeth, is towed to Port of Palm Beach, Dec. 6, 2015. While en route to Puerto Rico, several cargo containers fell overboard off the coast of Port Canaveral, Fla. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)


Maritime Link: U.S. flagged 136-foot Capt Latham was transiting to Puerto Rico as it tugged a 340-foot barge, Columbia Elizabeth, when crew aboard noticed several cargo containers hanging over the port side of the barge and believed more had fallen into the water while in transit, the Coast Guard said.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Miami and a crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell responded to the report to assess the barge. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident and plans to launch an aircraft to begin searching at sunrise. Read more from Maritime Link here…


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee