On July 16, the 234 meter long, 25345 dwt bulk carrier Kaye E. Barker allided with the Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge on the Fox River in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The laker was attempting to go up the river with its cargo of coal when it struck the fendering around the bridge along with a nearby floating dock. A recreational watercraft was also struck and sustained significant damage. Traffic was halted on the bridge until it could be inspected for damage.
The Kaye E. Barker had no injuries, damage or pollution released. Traffic was resumed on the bridge by the following day. The cause of the allision is under investigation by the Coast Guard.
The 80 meter long, 4014 dwt tanker Awanuia allided with a quay at Auckland, New Zealand. The Awanuia was attempting to berth when the vessel suffered a power blackout. The Awanuia’s bow struck the quay with some force. The tanker sustained a breach above the waterline while the quay only suffered minor damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On July 9, the 190 meter long bulk carrier Tian Sheng 18 allided with the 90 meter long, 4172 dwt tanker Shuang Long Hai on the Yangtze River at Changzhou, China. The Shuang Long Hai suffered a hull breach and broken cargo pipe resulting in a fire on board the tanker. All 15 crew on board the tanker were able to escape. Fire fighters were able to extinguish the blaze by the following day.
Authorities placed booms around the tanker to contain any pollution released.