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Spider-infested ship turned back from Guam landing

4 years ago July 20, 2010 Jul 20, 2010 Tuesday, July 20 2010 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 5:06:11 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

A ship was turned away from the U.S. territory of Guam after thousands of spiders overflowed from its cargo.

The Guam Department of Agriculture says hundreds of large spiders and thousands of smaller ones were seen when dockworkers began offloading insulation and beams for housing units from the
ship, the M.V. Altavia.

The cargo was returned to the ship, and the Agriculture Department ordered that the ship not be allowed to dock.

It was last ported in South Korea.

Agriculture officials say they don't know what type of spiders were on the ship, but said it's a type that isn't normally found on the island.

They said there was concern the spiders could damage Guam's environment.

The ship was carrying housing units and accessories for a work force village expected to house up to 18,000 temporary workers.

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