The 165 meter long, 23587 dwt ro-rocargo vessel USS Harry L. Martin allided with the Mathews Bridge on the St. Johns River at Jacksonville, Florida. A tug was towing the Martin at the time when the Martin’s stern ramp struck the central span. No reports of injuries. The bridge suffered significant damage and all road traffic has been suspended. State authorities plan to send out inspectors to look at the damage and make a determination of the structure.
Authorities have placed a safety zone around the bridge and no river traffic is being permitted. A river pilot was on board at the time of the incident. The Martin was being towed to a ship yard in Jacksonville.
The diesel transport vessel Sunshine went aground on the shore at Umm Al Quwain, United Arab Emirates. The vessel was transporting 160 tons of fuel when it suffered engine failure before going ashore. No reports of injuries. Some pollution was reported as some of the Sunshine’s fuel was released into the water. A tug attempted to pull the Sunshine free, but the tug became stuck in the nearby shallow water. Authorities have ordered the owners to remove the vessel in three days. Reports state the authorities and coast guard was on the scene monitoring the scene. Nearby residents were told to close their air vents to prevent the fumes from entering their home.
The 228 meter long , 70426 dwt tanker Formosa Falcon went aground off Freeport, Grand Bahama. The tanker was repositioning at the Freeport anchorage when heavy winds forced the vessel aground at the bow. An inspection showed no hull breach. No injuries and no pollution was released. Tugs attempted to refloat the Formosa Falcon on the following high tide, but without success. Authorities have placed response vessels on station around the vessel while tugs have kept the tanker in place in the event of worsening conditions. The Formosa Falcon was loaded with 12,796 tons of alkylate at the time of the grounding.