Ship prang sparks traffic chaos in Rotterdam

Rotterdam: An LPG ship belonging to Denmark’s Ultragas smashed into two bridges in Rotterdam at around 2.30 am this morning, with both the bridges and the ship sustaining damage.

The Happy Eagle (4,512 dwt, built 1993), managed by Bernhard Schulte, hit both the old and new Botlek Bridge. The vessel was not carrying any cargo at the time.

There were no injuries and there was no pollution. All crew are reported as safe.

The damage to the new bridge is estimated at around EUR20,000 while the old bridge took a more severe hit and may be out of action for a number of months. Early morning traffic in the area was reported as a result of the bridges closure. The bridge is a lifting one that is near the port.

The Happy Eagle was assisted by two tugs and is now safely secured alongside and is now at Damen shipyard awaiting repairs.

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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