The Monarch Empress, the cargo ship that has been held at the Port of Palm Beach since May, is part of an ongoing investigation, Miami-based U.S. Coast Guard officials said Friday.
Lt. Commander Gabe Somma said he could not provide any information about the nature of the investigation and could not comment on when the ship might be released.
Monarch Shipping Lines is privately owned. Teeters Agency and Stevedoring Inc. is its agent, according to the company’s website. Teeters officials refused comment Friday.
The Port of Palm Beach is charging the ship $1,882.56 per day because it is not actively loading or unloading. Normally, the daily rate would be $790.68.
Consumers who contracted with Teeters to have donations and merchandise such as food, clothing and even vehicles shipped on the Monarch Empress, have not been able to retrieve items from the ship after dropping them off in mid-May.
The Monarch Empress regular schedule calls for twice-a-week trips to Haiti’s Port of St. Marc.