Cargo Ship Barely Clears the Delaware Memorial Bridge

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On March 23, a cargo vessel carrying massive cranes cruised under the Delaware Memorial Bridge with less than 6 feet to spare when it was enroute to Philadelphia.

What happened?

The cargo vessel ‘Zhen Hua 16’ cruised under the Delaware Memorial Bridge and traffic on both sides were halted for fifteen minutes as a precautionary measure to avoid any distractions.

According to Delaware River and Bay Authority spokesman Jim Salmon said, “The tall cranes had 5 feet 8 inches of clearance as the ship slowly navigated under the spans. The passage was timed for low tide to allow maximum clearance for the cranes, which stood 188 feet 5 inches over the water”.

Event viewed by spectators

The two tall carnes were built in China and were destined to be delivered to the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal Port and the vessel was slightly ahead of schedule.

The DRBA had originally warned the bridge could be closed at some time between 12:30 to 1:30 on March 23 but despite the darkness and the late hour, dozens of people turned out at vantage points along the Delaware River to glimpse the spectacle.

However, the event was not visible because the ship and its cargo were hidden in darkness.

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Source: Delaware Online

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