Portsmouth's Memorial Bridge (2006), photo/Wikipdia.

Portsmouth’s Memorial Bridge (2006), photo/Wikipdia.

According to the Coast Guard, a 600’ tanker vessel carrying diesel fuel side-swiped the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Friday.

The Malta-flagged vessel was outbound from a Piscataqua River facility when it made contact with the bridge on its port side, damaging a fender on the bridge. No leaks, pollution or injuries were reported, and Sea Pride continued to Portland, Maine, after contacting the Coast Guard.

A 16’ fender was later found by the New Hampshire Marine Patrol, resting against the bridge at the bottom of the channel.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.


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