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Due to storm slamming East Coast

Ship on the way to Port of Charleston loses containers

The crew of a container ship on its way to the Port of Charleston saw between 70 and 73 cargo containers go overboard on Saturday night during high winds and rough seas off the coast of North Carolina.

The Maersk Shanghai contacted U.S. Coast Guard officials to say the containers went into the ocean about 17 miles off the Oregon Inlet. The Coast Guard issued a navigation hazard warning and is advising mariners to transit the area with caution.

The 1,060-foot-long vessel was on its way the Charleston from the Port of Virginia in Norfolk. The ship is scheduled to arrive in Charleston after midnight on Monday.

According to, the incident occurred as a powerful North-easter slammed the East Coast over the weekend, producing hurricane-force winds and waves of up to 40 feet.

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