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Maersk Line says informed about dirty bomb threat on vessel in S.Carolina port

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FILE PHOTO: Containers are seen unloaded from the Maersk's Triple-E giant container ship Maersk Majestic, one of the world's largest container ships, at the Yangshan Deep Water Port, part of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, in Shanghai, China, September 24, 2016.Aly Song/File Photo

(Reuters) - Maersk Line, a part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on Thursday that it had been informed by the U.S. Coast Guard about a threat of a 'dirty bomb' aboard the Maersk Memphis container ship upon its arrival at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina.

"The vessel was immediately evacuated and all crew is safe and ashore. We are cooperating fully with the authorities handling the situation," Maersk said in a statement.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in statement authorities were made aware of the potential threat in a container aboard the vessel at about 8 p.m. local time (midnight GMT) and that the terminal had been evacuated.

The vessel arrived at the port from New York and prior to that sailed from Oman, according to ThomsonReuters data.

Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Stine Jacobsen; Editing by Toby Chopra

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