Wind blows shipping container into St. John’s harbour

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A gust of wind is to blame for pushing a shipping container into the St. John’s harbour on Wednesday, an oceangoing transport company said.

A tugboat rounds up an errant Oceanex shipping container after it blew into the harbour in St. John’s Wednesday. Gusts of up to 100 km/h were felt around the island. — Reader photo

Oceanex said a windy blast blew the empty container into the harbour.

The container drifted across the water before it had to be towed to safety.

A small boat nudged the container to a harbour wall where a tugboat came to its rescue.

There were no injuries or collisions.

Photos of the strange sight appeared on social media, including Twitter.

Environment Canada issued a wind warning for several areas of the province on Wednesday, including St. John’s, with gusts of about 100 km/h.

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  • david
    January 20, 2014 - 11:16

    Dear Transport Canada, Coast Guard, and SJPA: That's what can happen when someone leaves garbage ---like an Orova ---- floating in the ocean..it might show up somewhere very odd and inconvenient for someone else. Write that down somewhere and post it on the break room fridge..