Mariners cautioned: High winds cause ship to lose cargo near Oregon Inlet

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Coast Guard is warning mariners around the Oregon Inlet to use caution Sunday morning after a cargo ship lost some of its containers Saturday night.

Watchstanders at Sector North Carolina command center said the crew from the Maersk Shanghai cargo ship contacted them Saturday night saying about 70 to 73 cargo containers had been blown overboard.

Officials with Maersk said the ship was headed to Charleston when the containers were lost. All of the ship’s crew were accounted for and safe, according to Maersk.

The vessel is currently at anchor in Charleston with the surveyor and US Coast Guard on board to assess damages to cargo and vessel. Once the survey is completed we will coordinate a plan to secure berthing and needed resources to work normal cargo ops, including damaged units. We will be in contact with all customers with direct impact to find the best solution for the handling of their cargo.

The watchstanders were told the cargo was lost about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, N.C. High winds and heavy seas are believed to be the blame for the loss.

The Coast Guard urges all mariners to transit this area with caution.