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NHLiveFree

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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 12:34:17 AM

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Civil engineers have determined that the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic for two to four weeks after they performed a detailed examination of the damage caused Monday by an adrift, 473-foot tanker.

Bill Boynton, New Hampshire Department of Transportation public information officer, said experts from Hoyle, Tanner & Associates Inc. — a consulting and engineering company in Portsmouth, N.H. — conducted a comprehensive inspection of the bridge throughout Tuesday.

“That confirmed fears that they had beams that need to be repaired or replaced before it can be restored to motor traffic, and more that need to be repaired or replaced to allow rail traffic on the lower railroad bridge,” said Boynton. “They’ll be diving tomorrow to inspect two bri
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 9:08:50 AM

NHL: I think the increase in incidents may be a sign of less and less care among not only the owners but the workers.

Sorry to hear this bridge is such a problem. Hopefully it will be restored soon.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 9:03:36 AM

hopefully the owner of the barge will have to pay (well, their insurance). Of course, bridge was slated for demolition / reconstruction in a couple years. So that may hinder full payment.
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rbutterw
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 6:44:48 AM

Unbelievable

[Edited by: rbutterw at 4/4/2013 6:45:52 AM EST]
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 12:04:14 AM


Now Carnival Lines is in competition for improperly docking ships along with all the other incompetence awards they have already won hands down. At least they did not hit any major bridges and put them out of commission down in Alabama!

The closed bridge is a major problem for both NH and Maine and the only current alternative is the I-95 bridge to Maine or a local bridge 25 miles west in Dover, NH. The ship's crew improperly secured the ship cables while they refueled at the state pier. Unimaginable that the crew would leave the docking lines unattended during refueling as they were heading out to sea after the refueling.
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teafortwo
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 4:05:26 PM


FROM THE ARTICLE:

The Portugal-flagged motor vessel Harbour Feature was carrying an unspecified metric tonnage amount of tallow oil, fuel oil and yellow grease, but there have been no reports of any water leaking into the ship or any pollutants leaking into the Piscataqua River.

Coast Guard officials put out a news release Monday afternoon saying that the Harbour Feature’s crew reported a rupture 6-12 inches long above the waterline of the vessel near the port ballast tank, but there was nothing coming in or going out of the ship.

The Harbour Feature struck the downriver side of the bridge that crosses the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery around 1:30 p.m. Monday. Two tugs freed the ship about 10 minutes after slack water — the time between high and low tides, which occurred at 5:45 p.m. Monday — and pushed it back to its moorings at the Port of New Hampshire.

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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 3:50:57 PM


In the immortal words of Rick Perry, "Oopps!"
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wrunner
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 1:21:57 PM

Adrift, really?

How can something that big adrift?

I'll tell you who is adrift - the adrift driver/operator.

Someone needs a pee test, to see how adrft they are.
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Bttlecat
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 11:26:09 AM

h to tell by the article if there was any negligence or just an unfornatuate incident caused in some part by nature
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Bullseye520
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:26:20 AM

alright!
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1fuelish1
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:16:32 AM

Must have been a slow news day for this one to make it here.
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FNB1967
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:14:27 AM

Someone screwed up.
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SUV2009
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:07:23 AM

Okay much needed bridge repair will hopeful get done too.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:06:33 AM

Nice.
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ZeroBoxes
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:00:58 AM

Lucy, you've got some 'splaining to do!!!
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MBob1
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:56:39 AM

Make the company pay up. You snooze - you lose!
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watchdog91
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:56:28 AM

Unreal.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:55:32 AM

Extensive damage from ship crash will close Sarah Mildred Long Bridge 2-4 weeks! Get the bridge surveyed, repaired and get it back in operation ASAP. This happens to too many bridges world wide and it will happen again somewhere else to another bridge.
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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geezrtek
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:54:40 AM

Oops.
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sljbc475
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:54:15 AM

Bad news for anything in the way of a drifting barge.
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rap12MA
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:52:53 AM

Holy S--t! A 500 foot tanker adrift? What the hell happened??
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bullseye100
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:51:07 AM

Sounds like this will inconvenience a lot of people.
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installer
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:49:46 AM

Hope they have an alternate route.
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chuckohio
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:49:40 AM

Barriers should be built around bridge supports to prevent damage to the bridge structures.
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SnickersDog
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:48:10 AM

Bummer.
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HoosierDaddyKY
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:47:04 AM

Well...
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OldMan322
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:45:17 AM

"orphancarguyPE" Its the rail bridge that really hurts
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infinititom
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:45:05 AM

How does a 473 foot tanker go adrift in a harbor? Did the captain forget to put it in park and set the brake before heading out for dinner?
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Gman2011MI
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:44:55 AM

OOPS I forgot to tie off the boat DUH !!!!!!!!!
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Dennisjk
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:43:52 AM

OK but 99.9% of us don't care.
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cheli2010
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:43:12 AM

Who ever owns the shop should be paying the bill on this one... adrift... who's job was it to secure the line...or ensure it was anchored...
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bjdorval
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:42:55 AM

Was the ship's captain texting while at the tillar?
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crmedic
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:42:50 AM

Another reason to raise fuel prices!
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Wizrd03
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:42:34 AM

No mention of how the ship got loose....
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pachukdog1
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:42:09 AM

There goes prices for a while
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nwhawk
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:42:04 AM

Poor news day!
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WestMichigan
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:41:21 AM

Someone is going to pay and it isn't the state.
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sabob
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:40:56 AM

Fix & get it over with
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lcleveland
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:40:22 AM

hope you have an alternate route
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:40:20 AM

zzzzzzz
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bluetruck54
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:39:43 AM

there goes somebodies liability premiums.....
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swepson
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:39:32 AM

Really don't see why this is important to those outside of New Hampshire. Why is it making the front page?
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timarcos
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:39:04 AM

Somebody has to pay for thae damage done to the bridge.
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hvyd1
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:38:16 AM

thats gonna raise the price of gas and yellow grease
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SSchmidty
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:37:46 AM

While not a pig-oil industry issue directly, watch there will be an attempt use any longer term impact to affect the gas pump prices.

Weird, but true.
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FrankTA2
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:37:31 AM

Safety of the public comes first.
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hawkman1950
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:37:27 AM

This ain't going to be pretty.
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Heltonw
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:37:27 AM

Jobs. Don't waste time.
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Goatroper
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:37:26 AM

I hope the state can recover damages from the shipping company
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ssnvet
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:37:09 AM

The US infrastructure appears to be failing all over, even without wrecks.
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TxMtb
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:37:07 AM

I wouldn't want to be driving on it until all the repairs were done.
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