Containership breaks free, damages pier in South Boston


(BOSTON) — A containership broke from its mooring lines early Wednesday, struck a South Boston pier and drifted away before being retrieved, CBS Boston reported.

The 1,065-foot Helsinki Bridge broke free from its berth at Black Falcon Pier at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal at about 0045. Tugboats responded, workers who were aboard the ship were able to get off, and a pilot was able to take control of the ship. It then anchored in Broad Sound.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that all 12 of the ship's mooring lines broke.

"The Coast Guard has a team on board the vessel now, looking at the equipment and the lines to see if they can figure out what might have happened,” said Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Sheehan. “It’s not unheard of for a vessel of this size to break its mooring during such high winds."

No injuries were reported.

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The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(BOSTON) — The Coast Guard, along with Massport Fire Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and port tugs, responded to a containership that broke free from its mooring Wednesday at about 12:45 a.m at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal in Boston.

Terminal workers who were aboard the 1,065-foot containership Helsinki Bridge were able to safely disembark, and no injuries or pollution from the containership were reported.

A docking pilot boarded the vessel, and along with the containership's crew, safely escorted Helsinki Bridge to Broad Sound, where it remains anchored.

Helsinki Bridge was carrying general cargo. The cause of incident remains under investigation.

By Professional Mariner Staff