Report Details 2013 Tanker Collision With Sarah Long Bridge

Apr 2, 2015

The Harbour Feature
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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a report including details about a 2013 collision between a 473 foot cargo tanker docked in Portsmouth and the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.

The authors report the vessel needed maintenance and was not adequately attached at the wharf.

New Hampshire Director of Ports and Harbors, Geno Marconi, says he knew the port was not responsible, because saw the collision from the dock:

“What I saw showed me there was a failure on board the vessel, because the dock lines were still attached to the dock and had become completely spooled off the winches on the vessel.”

According to the report, the Portuguese fuel tanker called the Harbour Feature caused $2.5 million in damage to the bridge.  The tankers owner settled for less than $1.5 million with Maine and New Hampshire last year.