On June 23, the 200 meter long, 37332 dwt bulk carrier Bluebill allided with a railroad bridge while transiting the Panama Canal. The Bluebill had departed from Balboa in ballast and was crossing the Panama Canal towards the Atlantic Ocean when it struck the Chagres River railway bridge. Tugs were alerted and aided the bulk carrier away from the bridge to a nearby anchorage.
The bridge sustained major damage with part of the platform and rails collapsed into the river. Reports state the bulk carrier sustained only slight damage to the bow, but the vessel will be later inspected for possible damage.
Authorities have halted rail traffic and have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the rail bridge will be out of service for at least several weeks for repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution released.