Ship Dropped 30 Containers off Florida

Ship Dropped 30 Containers off Florida

Seaboard Marine said most of the 30 containers that fell overboard from a ship 30 miles off Key West, Fla., this week were empty and the rest contained non-hazardous materials such as textiles, the Coast Guard reported.

The 544-foot container ship Seaboard Intrepid arrived in Miami Tuesday, a day after the boxes tumbled off the ship. Seaboard said 23 of the overboard containers were believed to be sunk in deep water off the Florida Keys and seven empty refrigerated containers were believed to be partially sunk and adrift. Efforts to locate the remaining two boxes were continuing, the Coast Guard said.

Representatives of the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State of Florida and others approved a plan by Seaboard to dispose of the containers still afloat by marking them with strobe lights and emergency position-indicating radio beacons to track their movement and by sinking them in 500 to 1,300 feet of water.

Contact Joseph Bonney at jbonney@joc.com.