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Charleston terminal evacuated as suspected dirty bomb reported on Maersk ship

At approximately 20.00 hrs on Wednesday authorities were made aware of a potential threat – cited as a possible dirty bomb – in a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis in the Port of Charleston.

The Maersk Memphis is currently moored at Charleston’s Wando terminal which has been evacuated while law enforcement units from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies investigate the threat.

A unified command has been established to oversee the coordinated response.

Coast Guard officials say the FBI is investigating a report of a dirty bomb aboard the vessel.

According to emergency officials, no radiation has been found at this time.

A Maersk Line spokesperson confirmed the dirty bomb threat in an email statement to Splash today. The spokesperson added: “The vessel was immediately evacuated and all crew is safe and ashore. We are cooperating fully with the authorities handling the situation.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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