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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, January 25, 2010

Containers on Horizon Lines ship toppled during Oakland-Honolulu run

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Containers are precariously perched on the deck of the Horizon Hunter, which arrived in Honolulu Harbor today.

RICHARD AMBO | The Honolulu Advertiser

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A Horizon Lines Inc. containership from Oakland to Honolulu arrived nearly a day late today after running into a powerful storm that sent six containers spilling into the ocean and toppled others stacked on deck.

At the stormís peak on Thursday night the Horizon Hunter sailed through 25-foot seas and sustained winds of 50 mph, Horizon Lines said in a news release.
A total of six containers were lost at sea, approximately 1,200 miles east of Hawaii. None of the crew was uninjured and the ship's hull did not sustain any damage, Horizon said.
The, originally scheduled to arrive at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, pulled into Honolulu Harbor at about noon today with containers visibly askew.
The ship was guided by tugboats to Pier 1, where crews were going to attempt to remove some of the cargo, according to an official with the Department of  Transportation Harborís Division.