The Monarch Empress, a 286-foot cargo ship that normally travels from the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach to Haiti’s Port of St. Marc every two weeks, hasn’t been going anywhere lately.
For the last few weeks U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have not allowed the ship to leave the port. Coast Guard and Customs officials did not provide an answer Thursday about why the ship is being detained. Coast Guard officials said they would issue a statement today, but did confirm they have had numerous calls from the Monarch’s customers.
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