Barge Allision

A barge being towed by two towing vessels, the 65-foot Shannan C (Imo 8991724) and 22 meter long Portier I, allided with the Highway 90 Bridge over Chef Menteur Pass which connects Lake Pontchartrain to Lake Borgne near New Orleans, Louisiana.  The barge caused considerable damage to the bridge forcing officials to close the bridge to vehicle and marine traffic.   Estimates place the cost of damage near $100,000.    The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the incident.

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Flumina Aground

The fire department pumped the water from the

The 39 meter long self-propelled barge Flumina struck bottom on the Scheldt River near Bornem, Belgium.  The vessel suffered water ingress, but was able to continue to a jetty in Bornem.   There local firefighters aided the crew to pump out the water and do temporary repairs.  The Flumina had 280 tons of barley on board which was not impacted by the water ingress.   The Flumina continued under its own power to a wharf for permanent repairs.  No reports of injuries or pollution being released.

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