Coast Guard responding to 473-foot tanker allision with Sarah Long Bridge in Portsmouth

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — The Coast Guard is responding to a 473-foot tanker that allided with the Sarah Long Bridge in Portsmouth, N.H., at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a report from the 473-foot, Portuguese flagged, motor vessel Harbour Feature that it became disabled and allided with the bridge. The vessel is carrying an unknown amount of tallow oil. Both of the vessel’s anchors have also been deployed.

Vessel traffic in the channel is closed until the Harbour Feature is able to be moved from the channel.

Two tug vessels are enroute to assist and will attempt to free the vessel at slack tide.

There has been no pollution reported.

There have been no injuries reported.

The Harbour Feature crew has reported a six-to-twelve inch rupture above the waterline of the vessel near the port ballast tank. At this time there is no water entering the ship and no pollution from the ship.

Responding are members from:

  • Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor, N.H.
  • Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Portsmouth Harbor
  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
  • New Hampshire Marine Patrol
  • Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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