Bulk Carriers Collide

Tuesday, October 17, 2006
U.S Coast Guard photograph courtesy of Air Station New Orleans

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a collision between two bulk carrier vessels, the 712-ft. Panamanian-flagged Zagora and the 737-ft. Greek-flagged Torm Anholt, on the Mississippi River in the Kenner, La., bend. The Coast Guard was notified of the incident on Monday afternoon, and dispatched two HH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crews from Air Station New Orleans, a 41-ft. rescue boatcrew from Station New Orleans and personnel from Sector New Orleans to investigate.

The Torm Anholt has a gash on its right side approximately 10-12 x 6 ft. forward of the superstructure and approximately six to nine feet above the waterline. A one-way traffic safety zone is in effect from mile marker 111 to 115. There are no reports of injuries or pollution. The Coast Guard will conduct an investigation into the incident.

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