Empty Container Falls Off Ship

SAN FRANCISCO – At approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening the Coast Guard received a report that an empty container fell off the Container Ship Sun Right and into the water. The empty container sank near the entrance to the Oakland Estuary.

The vessel Sun Right was at the Ben E. Nutter Marine Container Terminal in Oakland when a crane, loading empty containers onto the ship, knocked one into the water. The container sank before Coast Guard Station San Francisco arrived on scene. The location of the sunken container is believed to be at the entrance to the Oakland Estuary. As a precautionary measure the Coast Guard has restricted all deep draft vessels from crossing that location. This restriction will be in place until the containers exact location is identified.

The Port of Oakland has contracted Parker Diving to locate the empty container using depth sounders and divers. Parker Diving is expected to be on scene at 11:00 a.m. Sunday.

The Coast Guard is broadcasting a Safety Marine Information Broadcast every two hours to inform all mariners of the situation.

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