Tanker Harbour Feature Allision with Bridge

The 473-foot tanker Harbour Feature was successfully freed at approximately 6 p.m., Monday after alliding with the Sarah Long Bridge, on the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth. The tanker became disabled and allided with the bridge at approximately 1:30 p.m., Monday. At this time, the vessel is carrying an unknown amount of tallow oil.

2013.04.02 - Tanker Harbour Feature Allision with Bridge Figure 1

Tug boats were able to safely tow the 473-foot, Portuguese flagged, motor vessel Harbour Feature from the bridge to the state pier during a slack tide. Up until now there has been no pollution and no injuries reported.

The Harbour Feature crew has reported a six-to-twelve inch rupture above the waterline of the vessel near the port ballast tank. At this time there is no water entering the ship and no pollution from the ship.

Local media reported that the bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic pending an inspection of the vessel. Moreover,  the tanker supposedly broke away from its mooring at the State Pier in Portsmouth and floated into the Sarah Long Bridge.

2013.04.02 - Tanker Harbour Feature Allision with Bridge Figure 2

2013.04.02 - Tanker Harbour Feature Allision with Bridge Figure 3

Source: USCG

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