Update, 3:30 p.m.: Authorities have not discovered any stowaways on board the ship; search could take another 12 hours, according to NJ.com.
Federal and local authorities — including the United States Coast Guard, U.S. Customs, immigration officials, rescue personnel and Special Ops teams — are investigating the possibility that there are stowaways inside a shipping container on board a freighter docked at Port Newark Container Terminal, according to reports from NJ.com and other media.
Customs officials heard sounds in the container, including knocking, while conducting a routine inspection at 3:30 a.m. The container is among stacks of others in the ship’s hold, and authorities might have to unload it before they can open it. The ship originated in Pakistan.
Breaking News Network has been issuing alerts throughout the morning; here is the most recent:
U/D NJ| Essex| Newark| *Ship Incident*| 241 Calcutta St (PNC Terminal)| workers heard knocking from one of the containers, alerted authority, reportedly its the bottom container a stack of containers, USCG secured the container and awaiting to remove it from the ship before they will open it. multiple agency’s on scene, decon set up by the fire dept.| <C> BNN | nj485/nj012/nj737 | #502893
Numerous media organizations are also on the scene. Baristanet will update this story as more details become available.