The 335 meter long, 96980 dwt container ship Helsinki Bridge allided with a quay at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal in Boston, Massachusetts. The Helsinki Bridge was berthed at the terminal when strong winds caused all 12 mooring lines to snap. The container ship drifted free striking the pier and one of the terminal’s cranes. Damage to the Helsinki Bridge was minimal, but the pier sustained some damage.
The Coast Guard along with local authorities responded to the scene. Two tugboats and a pilot boat escorted the Helsinki Bridge to Broad Sound where the boxship dropped anchor. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On February 16, the 51 foot long tug Emily Anne sank in Massachusetts Bay off Deer Island, Massachusetts. The tug had suddenly sprung a leak and suffered uncontrolled water ingress. The crew was able to send out a distress call before the three men abandoned ship and the tug sank. A nearby pilot boat came to their aid and rescued them. No reports of injuries. The Emily Anne was reported to be sunk in 40 feet of water. The Coast Guard has dispatched a team to monitor the site.
The ferry Cetacea ran aground in Lynn Harbor, Boston, Massachusetts. The ferry was entering the harbor with 13 passengers and 4 crew when the vessel became stuck just off the pier. The Coast Guard launched a rescue vessel to the scene to monitor the situation. The Cetacea was to be refloated on the following high tide a few hours later. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Cetacea had become disabled the prior month with 163 passengers and crew who stayed on the boat overnight until divers were able to clear a line.