Seaboard Intrepid safely moored in Port of Miami

MIAMI – The Seaboard Intrepid, a cargo ship that had approximately 30 containers fall in the water 30 miles off of Key West, Fla., Monday, was allowed by the Coast Guard to enter the Port of Miami Tuesday evening.

The Captain of the Port for Miami, Coast Guard Capt. Jim Fitton, established a Unified Command consisting of the Coast Guard, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and representatives from Seaboard Marine to ensure representation from all stakeholders involved in the vessel's safe transit and continued operation. Following the Coast Guard's review and approval of the vessel's environmental assessment as completed by Seaboard Shipping, the Unified Command unanimously agreed to permit the vessel to enter the port late Tuesday. As an added safety measure, the Coast Guard temporarily restricted commercial traffic in and out of the port during the Seaboard Intrepid's transit and established a safety zone around the vessel. Coast Guard Auxiliary vessels and a Miami-Dade County Marine Unit enforced the safety zone. The vessel was tied up to the pier at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Seaboard Shipping will remove the remaining containers aboard the vessel after the Coast Guard has received, reviewed and approved a site safety plan and cargo discharge plan.

"Our primary concern is the safety of the individuals involved in this operation, the port and the environment," Fitton said.

Coast Guard units from Key West to Miami have attempted to track the semi-submerged containers using aircraft and a datum marker buoy. Information on the currents and predicted drift patterns provided to the Coast Guard by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are also being used to monitor the few remaining adrift containers, last reported 27 miles southeast of Tavernier Key, Fla. Seaboard Shipping is responsible for the recovery and salvage of the adrift containers. The company has not yet determined the contents of the overboard containers and there is no plan on recovering the sunken containers.

The Coast Guard continues to broadcast a notice to mariners, keeping mariners apprised of the drifting containers. All mariners transiting through the area should keep a sharp lookout and report all container sightings to the Coast Guard at 305-292-8727.

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