The passenger vessel Celia Thaxter became disabled on the Piscataqua River off Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Celia Thaxter was on a sight-seeing tour with 24 passengers and 2 crew when it’s suffered engine failure. The vessel drifted with the river current until it was pushed against the Sarah Long Bridge. The crew requested assistance with the Coast Guard and local authorities responding. All the passengers and one crewman were transferred off the Celia Thaxter over to a nearby pier before it was pulled free and towed back to its berth in Portsmouth. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
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.
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