Ship hits docks and bridge near Green Bay's City Deck

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

The incident happened around 3:30 Sunday afternoon as the ship was moving north to the Bay of Green Bay.

The firm's vice president, Tom Wynne told USA Today that the captain encountered "unexpected and strong currents" that "pushed him to port as he was backing toward the bridge".

Witnesses said the 230-metre-long ship was attempting to navigate the narrow passage when the captain steering the massive vessel lost control. Police say the Captain used the thrusters of the freighter which pushed the water, raising the deck almost 4 feet by the City Deck.

"The back end tried to turn but as it turned it hit the docks and it flipped over a couple of kayaks and it crushed this one little boat nearly like an aluminum can", Greta Olsen described to WFRV.

Murphy added, "we thought the action was done and we heard another noise and we heard it hit the bridge too".

The U.S. Coast Guard and police are investigating the crash of a large cargo ship at a dock in downtown Green Bay.

"The freighter had left town."

Green Bay Police says no one was hurt thanks to people's awareness.

The bridge was subsequently stuck in the open position, with traffic having to be diverted to other parts of Green Bay. The state Department of Transportation says lanes are blocked on the Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge due to a marine bridge strike.

Luckily, the Kaye E. Barker, which has a gross tonnage of 25,900, had already delivered its cargo of coal.

Bridge remained open for more than two hours, understood for a safety check, because bulk carrier contacted fenders, not bridge itself, so bridge wasn't damaged.

-With files from The Associated Press.

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