April 18, 2012 Leave a Comment
The 135 meter long container / self-propelled barge Sensation allided with the Willems Bridge on the New Maas River at Rotterdam, Netherlands. The vessel attempted to pass under the bridge, but the empty containers contacted the bridge, broke free and fell overboard. Several containers were towed to a nearby quay while others sank. The bridge was closed to vehicle traffic while inspectors checked the bridge for damage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released. Reports state the master of the Sensation misjudged the clearance as the direct cause of the allision. Authorities have started an investigation into the incident.