Posted on June 17, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Marshall Islands-flagged Tanker ship, DANK SILVER collided with a bridge in the afternoon of June the 16th while transiting through the Mississippi River, USA.
The incident occurred at approximately 13:30 while the vessel was transiting near St. James Parish, Louisiana.
The vessel had just left Convent, Burnside and was transiting downstream when it collided with the Sunshine Bridge.
Due to the nature of the collision, the US Coast Guard (USCG) and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) had to close down the bridge for the better part of two hours until an inspection could be performed.
Following an inspection, the bridge was opened once again to the public. State officials have gone on record saying that the structural integrity of the bridge was not affected by the collision.
The Dank Silver proceeded to sail further downstream and anchored itself at the Grand View Anchorage in Gramercy, in order to undergo an investigation and go through damage assessment.
We currently have very limited information on the extent of the damage on the tanker.
No injuries or pollution were reported as a result of the collision.
The cause of the accident is not yet known.
This is the 2nd such accident to happen in the Sunshine Bridge in recent months. Back on October the 12th, 2018 a barge carrying a crane collided with the bridge, which resulted in the bridge having to close down for several months.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic