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Charleston terminal reopens after suspected dirty bomb threat is lifted

A bomb threat at a top port in South Carolina is over.

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 was evacuated while law enforcement units from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies investigated the threat.

Coast Guard officials said the FBI was investigating a report of a dirty bomb aboard the vessel.

However, after seven hours authorities have said the threat is over. Four containers were identified as a risk, were scanned and inspected, and now the US Coast Guard has tweeted: “Unified Command determines no existing threat to the port. Terminal will reopen & safety zone has been lifted.”

The original reporting source of the threat in port of Charleston has been detained by authorities for further questioning.




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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