Friday, December 1, 2017

Nitschke Bridge in Green Bay, WI was struck by a 767' ship

(Bridge Hunter, 3D Satellite)

John Rueckert posted a link to an article about the ship Kaye E. Barker, which is 767 feet long, hitting a dock and this bridge when backing downstream after delivering coal south of the Mason Street Bridge. Actually, it hit the fenders of the bridge, but the authorities had to "do their thing" for three hours before they would let traffic use the brigde again. (Another report did say that a maintenance deck on the bridge was damaged. But again is that worth three hours of head-scratching before opening a major town artery? I see there are a couple more bridges not too far upstream.)

I was able to get the first video to play. I suggest you mute it unless you like listening to a lot of OMGs. Of interest to me is that the boat had bow thrusters so I don't know why they were not running to keep the ship from floating towards the dock. I understand that when it got really close they could not be used because the wake might cause even more damage. The screenshot below is after it pulled back away from the doc and started using the bow thruster.

GreenBayPressGazetteFirst Video

Given the angle of the road, why did they build the channel so close to the shore? Because of the angle of the bridge and the placement near the east side, the bridge opening literally points ships at the dock.
Satellite
An official of the company that owns the ship said the captain encountered "unexpected and strong currents" that pushed the vessel toward the river's eastern bank. There, he said, the ship scraped a protective barrier around one of the bridge piers. [GreenBayPressGazette]
I gave up trying to watch the other two videos. It would play a commercial and then skip the video itself and play something else.

Bridge Hunter has the following comment:
Posted July 16, 2017, by Tom Cayemberg (tcayemberg1 [at] gmail [dot] com)Bridge was struck by a coal ship today. The ship also damaged a recreational boat and dock.
http://www.wbay.com/content/news/BREAKING-Freighter-hits-doc...
This bridge appears to be another example of "newer is not necessarily better." As I mentioned, given the angle of the opening, it should have been closer to the center of the bridge. And the author of the Historic Bridges web site left this comment:
Posted July 23, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)This 12 year old bridge has been closed three times over its life for repairs. Here is news on the latest closure:
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20100723/GPG0101...This bridge points to two problems:
-Modern bridges are not as reliable and long-lived as historic bridges.
-Alternatives to salt for deicing bridges need to be researched and employed.

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