General cargo ship struck at Haihe Binhai Bridge in Tianjin, China

Haihe Binhai BridgeThe general cargo ship Xin Hong Xiang 59 collided with Haihe Binhai Bridge at Haihe river in Tianjin, China. The vessel failed to stop the inertia of the stream and winds, collided with the bridge before is was fully raised. Following the collision, the vessel struck at the bridge with her mast, destroying all the mounted equipment and causing sufficient damages of the navigation deck. The vessel was released and was anchored down the river, for investigation and special survey. It was estimated that the general cargo ship Xin Hong Xiang 59 suffered sufficient damages of the navigation equipment, but there was no immediate danger for the seaworthiness. The vessel will return in service after repairing of the damages and passing safety inspection.

The bridge was also slightly damages after collision. Fortunately the damages were slight and during the incident there were no people on it. There were no reported about injuries and traffic on the Haihe Binhai Bridge was released some hours after the collision.

The investigation for the root cause of the accident and circumstances are under way, but according to preliminary information it was human mistake.

The general cargo ship Xin Hong Xiang 59 has overall length of 98.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 5.10 m.