NYK Ship Loses Containers in Offloading Mishap

MV NYK Aquarius file photo (c) MarineTraffic.com/j.carlos
MV NYK Aquarius file photo (c) MarineTraffic.com/j.carlos

The U.S. Coast Guard and local fire department personnel were called late Saturday to enforce a safety zone for containers that fell in the water from the MV NYK Aquarius during an offloading mishap at SSA Facility Berth 57 in the Oakland estuary.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received a report of three drifting containers in the Oakland estuary. Coast Guard Station San Francisco launched two response boatcrews to maintain a 500-yard safety zone with Alameda County Fire Department and Oakland Fire Department crews.

Tug boat Patricia Ann arrived on scene and pushed all three containers alongside the dock to be picked up by a crane.

“This response was a great example of how the Coast Guard works with other government agencies seamlessly in emergencies,” said Capt. Greg Stump, commander, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. “I want to extend my gratitude for the support of our port partners.”

The containers did not contain any hazardous material, and no injuries were reported, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard is currently assisting with a preliminary investigation into the incident.