Maersk Line Says Informed About Dirty Bomb Threat on Vessel in Charleston, South Carolina — Post evacuated

(Reuters) – Maersk Line, a part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on Thursday that it had been informed by the U.S. Coast Guard about a threat of a ‘dirty bomb’ aboard the Maersk Memphis container ship upon its arrival at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina.

“The vessel was immediately evacuated and all crew is safe and ashore. We are cooperating fully with the authorities handling the situation,” Maersk said in a statement.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in statement authorities were made aware of the potential threat in a container aboard the vessel at about 8 p.m. local time (midnight GMT) and that the terminal had been evacuated.

The vessel arrived at the port from New York and prior to that sailed from Oman, according to ThomsonReuters data.

(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Stine Jacobsen; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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US port terminal evacuated after bomb threat

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© AFP/File | The terminal where the ship, the Maersk Memphis, is located has been evacuated while authorities look into unverified claims made online
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Bomb detection units are investigating a “potential threat” inside a container on board a docked cargo ship at a port in Charleston, South Carolina, the US Coast Guard said late on Wednesday.The terminal where the ship, the Maersk Memphis, is located has been evacuated while authorities look into unverified claims made online.

“A 1 NM (nautical mile) safety zone has been established around the vessel while law enforcement authorities investigate the threat,” the Coast Guard said on Twitter.

The actions were taken out of an abundance of caution after a “conspiracy theorist” made a claim about a threat aboard the Memphis on YouTube, Coast Guard Sector Charleston spokesman Lt. James Zorn told local WCIV television.

A man named George Webb claimed the Memphis was carrying a “dirty bomb” after it had been loaded in Pakistan during a recent trip, he said.

However, there was no credible information the threat was real, Zorn added.

The threat came at around 8 pm (1200 GMT Thursday), the Coast Guard said.

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