Containership Whipped Loose by High Winds in Boston
The 1,065-foot Helsinki Bridge vessel broke free from its mooring at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal in Boston, US, during a night of high winds — causing damage to the Black Falcon Pier run by Massachusetts Port Authority, according to Boston Magazine.
Helsinki Bridge measures 335 metres in length overall with a beam of 46 metres, with a gross tonnage of 96,801 tons.
The incident occurred at around 12:45 am on December 5, 2017, according to a release from the Boston Coast Guard.
No one was injured and all workers who were aboard the ship were able to get off.
The ship did not release any pollution during the incident, according to the Coast Guard.
Tugboats were brought to the scene and a pilot was able to take control of the ship and steer it out of the area. It is currently anchored at Broad Sound.
However, significant damage was done to the Black Falcon Pier, run by Massachusetts Port Authority.
Photos taken at the scene show cracked pavement and a warped coastline. It is not yet known how severe or costly the damage is and MassPort has not yet released a statement.
An investigation is now underway. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Sheehan has stated that the high winds may have been to blame for the accident.
Damage at Black Falcon terminal after wind snaps lines to a huge container ship.— Jonathan Hall (@JHall7news) December 6, 2017
CG Statement: Terminal workers who were aboard the 1,065-foot container ship Helsinki Bridge were able to safely disembark, and no injuries or pollution from the container ship were reported. pic.twitter.com/wAc1fEqjHT