Reported: Cargo Ship Experiences Propulsion Failure in Vicinity of New York’s Verrazzano Bridge

Less than two weeks after a Baltimore bridge collapsed following a ship losing propulsion power, a container ship near the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge in New York faced a similar situation. On Friday night, the 89,000-ton container ship lost propulsion power, causing officials to be on alert. Fortunately, the ship was able to eventually regain control and avoid a catastrophe.

The coast guard was alerted by the M/V APL Qingdao around 8:30 PM that the vessel had experienced a loss of propulsion in the Kill Van Kull waterway. The ship was then assisted by three towing vessels to safely anchor outside the navigable channel just north of the Verrazano Bridge. The vessel, operated by the French shipping company CMA CGM, required tugboat escorts to reach safety.

CMA CGM operates a large fleet of vessels worldwide and the Qingdao was repaired and left New York Harbor on Sunday morning. This incident follows the collapse of a bridge in Baltimore that resulted in the death of six construction workers after a cargo ship lost propulsion power and struck a bridge support beam.

Representatives for the New York Port Authority, the Coast Guard, and CMA CGM did not provide immediate comments on the incident. The situation highlights the potential dangers when ships lose propulsion power near bridges and the importance of proper preparation and response measures.

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