Disaster Averted - Panama Canal Ship Almost Smashes Into Gamboa Bridge (Video)
Tuesday, November 20 2012 @ 04:29 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
The ship was Northbound in the Panama Canal, and has just about to clear the area of the Culebra Cut and head off through Lake Gatun. For some reason the pilot lost control of the vessel, and it veered to starboard (right), and was heading right towards the bridge.
The pilot ordered full reverse and dropped the starboard anchor, in an attempt to halt the ship as quickly as possible. In the video below, you can see the smoke pouring from the front of the ship, thanks to the emergency deployment of the anchor.
The ship came to a halt and then slowly backed away from the bridge, with about one meter to spare.
Editor's Comment: Thanks to Paul Stern for bringing this incident to my attention.