Propulsion Failure Reported Near New York’s Verrazzano Bridge Following Baltimore Bridge Collapse

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  • A container ship near New York’s Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge experienced a loss of propulsion power less than two weeks after a similar incident led to the collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge.
  • While the vessel eventually regained control, the incident has raised concerns among officials and maritime authorities.

Less than two weeks after the Baltimore bridge collapse, a container ship near New York’s Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge experienced a loss of propulsion power. The 89,000-ton vessel, owned by a French shipping company, raised concerns among officials, although it eventually regained control.

Coast Guard Response

The Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Service New York received a report from the vessel regarding the loss of propulsion in the Kill Van Kull waterway. The ship was assisted by three towing vessels to safely anchor outside the navigable channel.

Similarities to Baltimore Incident

The incident bears similarities to the Baltimore bridge collapse, where a ship lost propulsion power and struck a bridge’s support beam, resulting in catastrophic consequences. Six construction workers lost their lives in the Baltimore incident.

Company Response

The vessel involved required tugboat escorts to reach safety. It was repaired and left New York Harbor the following day.

Concerns and Official Response

The consecutive incidents have raised concerns among maritime authorities and officials. Representatives from the New York Port Authority, Coast Guard, and the shipping company have not yet provided comments on the incident.

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Source: Yahoo