Could Inadequate Mooring Cause an Allision?

According collinsdictionary.com, mooring is the act of “dropping a permanent anchor”, and the Meriam-Webster dictionary defines allision as “the action of dashing against or striking upon.” Unfortunately, if the act of mooring has any connection to an allision, it is because the mooring failed to prevent the allision.

shipping-imageNear the end of November, the National Transportation Safety Board cited inadequate mooring as the cause of an April 2013 bridge allision. According to Professional Mariner, the incident involved a 473-foot tanker, which collided with the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Portsmouth, New Hampshire after breaking loose from its moorings.

While there were no injuries as a result of the allision, reportedly, the incident caused $2.5 million in damage to the bridge and $1 million in damage to the tanker.

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Source: http://www.professionalmariner.com/Web-Bulletin-2014/NTSB-cites-inadequate-mooring-by-master-pilot-in-NH-bridge-allision/