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Wednesday, May 22 2019 @ 03:17 AM UTC

Ship Passing Through Panama Canal Runs Into The Bridge of the Americas

Canal Daily Operation This afternoon a ship that was transiting the Panama Canal ran into one of the bases of the Bridge of the Americas, witnesses said through TVN Noticias. Staff of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) went to the scene, but no official information has been provided about the accident. The ship named the Atlantic Hero is stranded under the bridge. There are no confirmed reports of serious damage. (La Prensa)

A ship named the Atlantic Hero ran aground this afternoon against one of the pillars that sustains the Bridge of the Americas, activating an alert in the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) who went to the scene. Reports indicate there was a problem in the ship's engine when it left the Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal, causing it to lose control. The ship remains stuck under the Bridge of the Americas, while a crane from the ACP is being moved to the scene. So far there have been no reports of injuries, although there are several ambulances standing by in the area. It was reported that for the moment ships are not being allowed to navigate through this area, however vehicles are being allowed to pass over the Bridge of the Americas. (TVN Noticias)



Editor's Comment: According to one of my sources in the ACP, it would be "impossible" for a ship to actually crash into one of the supporting pillars that holds up the Bridge of the Americas. After an accident occurred in the United States, the ACP piled huge boulders around the support pillars to protect them. So if the ship ran into them, even at full speed, the ship would be screwed but the bridge would be protected. Apparently this guy just lost power and drifted until he ran aground. Additional details forthcoming.

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Ship Passing Through Panama Canal Runs Into The Bridge of the Americas
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, May 19 2010 @ 12:40 AM UTC

Ahh. We were wondering what was going on. We have never seen such a long line up of boats wating to get into the canal. Panama Bay looks like like an expressway at rush hour.