Shipping Container Sinks in the Estuary

If you noticed some commotion at the entrance to the Oakland/Alameda Estuary on Saturday night, it was because a crane knocked an empty container off a ship at the Ben E. Nutter Marine Container Terminal around 8:30 p.m. The Coast Guard responded but the container had sunk before they got there, so they closed that area to deep draft vessels, broadcasting the closure on VHF every couple hours. Sausalito’s Parker Diving was called in to locate the wayward container — which they did yesterday, allowing the shipping channel to reopen — and they’ll refloat it today.

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