Feds: NJ ship search turns up no stowaways

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Associated Press

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 28 at 4:01 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A cargo ship that U.S. authorities thought might be carrying stowaways is due to leave Port Newark in New Jersey on Friday after a search of more than 160 sealed containers turned up no one.

The Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that a search triggered by a reported knocking sound had ended with no stowaways found. The agency refused to answer questions about what may have caused the false alarm.

Federal authorities used X-ray machines and dogs in their search of the 850-foot ship in Newark, one of the nation's busiest ports.

The Coast Guard had said a boarding team on a routine inspection early Wednesday reported that when it knocked on a bulkhead, it heard knocking back over a two-hour period.

The last port of call for the ship was in Egypt on June 15. It is headed to Norfolk, Va.

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