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Ship loses cargo after violent storm

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) - There were containers overboard after a Horizon Lines cargo ship plowed through a violent storm on its way to Honolulu.

Several containers were lost at sea.

On Monday night, workers were off-loading what's left.

The U.S. Coast Guard said pollution investigators were out at Pier 1 where the Horizon Hunter is docked.

Crews brought out a crane to lift the damaged cargo off of the ship.

"Several containers stowed above deck sustained varying degrees of damage," said Gordon Forsyth, spokesperson for Horizon Lines.

A photo taken earlier in the day shows just some of the damage to the ship's cargo, with rows of containers toppled over, some hanging over the edge of the vessel.

Forsyth says the ship ran into a three-day storm that was so wild, six containers were lost at sea.

Monster swells reached 30 feet, and winds whipped at 50 miles per hour and up.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

"The crew is safe now, and uninjured. It's certainly not an easy experience to go through but they're seasoned veterans and they're up to the task," said Forsyth.

Sky News Now was there above Honolulu Harbor after the ship docked.

It came from Los Angeles, bound for Guam.

Crews spent the day assessing the damage, something Horizon says has happened before.

"I wouldn't say that it's a common occurrence everyday in the shipping industry but certainly it's not uncommon," said Forsyth.

There's no word yet on what was inside the lost containers.

For now, removing the damaged containers safely is the company's top priority.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the items inside the damaged containers include food, cleaners, and cars.

As of Monday night, the Coast Guard said investigators did not find any pollutants coming out of the damaged cargo.


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