A 40 foot work barge sank near Kittery Point near Portsmouth Harbor, New Hampshire. The barge began to suffer water ingress after the hull had struck a submerged object. The one crewman on board requested assistance and was rescued by a Coast Guard boat. The Coast Guard kept a response team on scene to monitor if any pollution would be released. The work barge had 100 gallons of diesel fuel at the time it sank.
Divers arrived on scene and were able to patch the hull of the barge the following day. The barge was brought back to the surface and pumped out of water. The barge was taken to a nearby yard where it would be pulled out of the water for repairs.
The 143 meter long, 16909 dwt tanker Harbour Feature allided with a bridge at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The tanker had drifted away from a nearby pier on the Piscataqua River when the crew dropped both anchors hoping to stop the vessel. The Harbour Feature suffered a 20 foot dent and a gash above the waterline near its port ballast tank. The bridge was closed to traffic until investigators can do a detail inspection of the superstructure. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The tanker was loaded with tallow oil at the time. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the 73-year old Sarah Long bridge was slated to be decomissioned in 2014 and if repairs would be made it would be in the millions of dollars.