| Tuesday May 24th 2016

Ship denied docking in Guam after thousands of spiders stream forth from cargo

A ship from Korea carrying supplies to build housing for military buildup workers in the American territory of Guam was denied permission to dock when inspectors discovered thousands of spiders in its cargo…spider

The Port’s Marketing Administrator Bernadette Meno said customs officers along with the vessel’s agent boarded the ship and gave clearance to the stevedores to go on board and unlock the cargo for offloading.

It was then that thousands of the critters were found.

“When our port stevedores began offloading the insulation and beams for the housing units on the docks they discovered that hundreds of large spiders and thousands of small ones were on the cargo and on the ship,” Meno said.

I like this article for two reasons: the use of the word “stevedores,” and the use of the word “critters.” I do not, however, like spiders. Nor, I imagine, do the poor ship’s crew members who just spent months trapped on a boat with thousands of freakin spiders.

After the sneaky arachnids made their presence known, the housing materials in which they’d been chilling were then re-loaded back on the ship. The ship was then sent back to anchorage, further out from land. Incidentally: all of this stuff, other than the spiders, was part of a $200 million contract with Korean construction firms to build housing for temporary workers laboring on American military buildup projects.


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