High winds blow shipping container into St. John’s harbour

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The extremely high winds today have blown another container from the Oceanex pier into the water of St. John’s harbour.

The container was carried across the harbour this morning to end up against the dock at Pier 17.

Workers were on the scene securing the container, along with the help of a Newdock tugboat.

According to Environment Canada, strong southwesterly winds have been reported this morning over the Burin, Bonavista and Avalon peninsulas.

Wind gusts upwards of 110 km/h will persist over these areas early this afternoon, except over the southern Avalon, where wind gusts have reached as high as 130 km/h.

It’s the second time this month a container has blown into the harbour.

On Jan. 15, in high winds, a strong gust blew an empty container into the harbour.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Southern Avalon

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  • david
    January 23, 2014 - 18:23


  • Corporate Psycho
    January 23, 2014 - 17:38

    These guys can get away with anything. They are federally regulated. Why doesn't the Telegram find out when the last Federal safety inspection was done ?

  • Barry
    January 23, 2014 - 15:05

    Its only a matter of time till someone gets killed down there.

  • Newf in BC
    January 23, 2014 - 14:14

    and what do you suggest? Netting a container ship?

  • quadrider
    January 23, 2014 - 12:30

    if a container can blow over the people in the picture have a good cahnce as well. Don't see and life jackets on these people. OHS regs state they are required on a worksite within 10' of water

    • Corporate Psycho
      January 23, 2014 - 17:41

      Not true. Do some research before posting.

  • david
    January 23, 2014 - 11:29

    The ghost of the Orlova seeks its revenge! Why did you scuttle me, you government pirates? Why? Admit your crime!

  • wavy
    January 23, 2014 - 11:21

    Cripes, byes- send someone up to Canadian Tire and buy a pack of tye-down straps before someone gets hurt. Twice?! Glad your not building houses!

  • sc
    January 23, 2014 - 10:42

    You'd think that after the first container ended up in the harbour people working in the area would have realised the possibility of it happening again and done something to prevent it. After all, it's not that uncommon for there to be strong winds in St. John's. Then again, perhaps rounding up floating containers is a source of fun for those involved.

    • Redgrave
      January 23, 2014 - 18:24

      This is Newfoundland rules of common sense don't apply--they never have, and likely never will.