CG Investigates Ship, Bridge Allision

Friday, January 02, 2009

Coast Guard Sector Field Office Grand Haven, Mich., responded to a bridge allision on the St. Joseph River, which occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Dec. 30.

The ship Manistee, a U.S. flagged freighter 620 ft in length, allided with the CSX Swing Bridge.  The Coast Guard immediately contacted the owners of the bridge, who found evidence of damage to the bridge's fendering system.  Structural engineers have determined that the bridge can safely carry rail traffic.  The ship, which was empty, has sustained only minor damage and is not taking on water.  No pollution or injuries were reported.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.  The Coast Guard is conducting interviews of the witnesses and the vessel's crew, and has begun the required drug and alcohol testing.

Among the Coast Guard's many missions is the responsibility for licensing mariners, inspecting commercial vessels and investigating maritime casualties.  Investigations of casualties involving commercial vessels are conducted to learn why the accident occurred in order to reduce the risk of further incidents.


Casualties

Caribbean Fantasy Fire Extinguished

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USS Freedom Suffers Casualty

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Coast Guard

Caribbean Fantasy Fire Extinguished

A fire that broke out aboard the passenger vessel Caribbean Fantasy at 7:42 a.m. on August 17 has been extinguished, and the vessel has been moored safely in port.

Coast Guard Foundation Awarded 128 Scholarships

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that

Indian Cargo Ship Sinks Off Oman

An Indian cargo ship loaded with vehicles and food supplies destined for Yemen sank on Saturday off the coast of Oman but without loss of life, Oman’s ONA state news agency reported.

 
 
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