On December 26, a barge allided with the Townsend Inlet Bridge near Avalon, Florida. The barge had broken its mooring lines and drifted by the tide and wind until it struck the bridge. The barge suffered little damage while the bridge’s fenders and a navigation light were damaged. Reports state the damage is over 100,000 dollars. The navigation light was quickly replaced. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On December 29, a barge loaded with 400 tons of stone went aground off Hampton Bays, New York. The barge was being towed to a nearby project when it stranded. Local salvagers plan to dig around the barge with excavators and have a tugboat pull the barge free on the next high tide. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.