Hundreds of pallets wash ashore Baker Beach in SF


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Crews were busy cleaning up debris that washed ashore on Baker Beach in San Francisco on Sunday.

Parts of the beach, including the beach’s parking lot, are closed Monday while crews work to remove a shipping container and other debris that washed ashore over the weekend, according to a National Park Service spokeswoman.


The container is one of 12 that fell off the Seattle-bound container ship Manoa, owned by Oakland-based Matson Navigation Co., late Friday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The ship departed Oakland shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, according to shipping records.

The company has hired Parker Diving Service to remove the large container and many packing crates that washed ashore, Coast Guard officials said.

Neither the packing material nor the containers have any hazardous materials in them and no one has reported any negative impacts on the ocean, according to the Coast Guard.

Crews spent Sunday trying to clean the beach up but did not finish by the time the sun came down.

The removal of the shipping container should be completed Monday, but more debris could wash up over the course of the next few days, making the cleanup an ongoing effort, Freeman said.

Pacifica police Capt. Joe Spanheimer today said that police had received a report of another shipping container that washed ashore in an inaccessible location at Mori Point, which is, like Baker Beach, part of the National Park Service’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

City, state and federal officials are working together to locate and remove the other missing containers from the ocean, Coast Guard officials said.

Anyone who finds a container on the beach is asked to be cautious and call the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center at (415) 399-7300.

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