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Bulk carrier takes out Panamanian rail bridge

The Panama Canal Authority is investigating how a bulk carrier, the Bluebill, ploughed into a railway bridge while under tow yesterday afternoon.

The ship was in ballast on a voyage to South Korea when the accident happened.

Authorities say it will take at least two weeks to repair the rail line.

Traffic on the canal was not affected by the incident.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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