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Maersk US East Coast mishap

Update: container with sulfuric acid somewhere off North Carolina coast

Somewhere off North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a shipping container filled with nearly 3 tons of sulfuric acid is floating about. Last Sunday, US Coast Guard officials warned mariners that up to 73 cargo containers fell off a ship Saturday night, about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.

The cargo ship Maersk Shanghai lost the cargo containers due to high winds and heavy seas. It wasn’t immediately clear what was in the containers, but authorities are now warning one of them held 3 tons of the acid in sealed drums. The environmental danger is minimal because the solution dissolves in

According to, at least four containers were spotted by air crews, some 20 kms offshore.

Company spokeswoman Katherine Mosquera says the Liberia-flagged ship anchored in Charleston, South Carolina, where officials were assessing the situation.

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