July 22 - July 26, 2019

Recently, Louisiana’s Sunshine Bridge was struck a second time since its last incident in October. According to reports, Dank Silver (the tanker ship involved) damaged the fender system that serves to protect the bridge. DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallett noted that the structures themselves are designed to handle this kind of damage, however, with reoccurring instances and increased water traffic, do you think fenders are the best option for bridge protection?

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Yes. 79%
No. 16%
Other (Please respond in the comments). 5%

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Tagged categories: Accidents; Asia Pacific; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Health & Safety; Health and safety; Infrastructure; Latin America; North America; Ships and vessels; Z-Continents

Comment from Peter Kenimer, (7/24/2019, 9:52 AM)

Fenders are a whole lot cheaper than raising the bridge out of the way of clueless pilots and/or captains smashing into the bridge...

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (7/25/2019, 11:47 AM)

Fenders help avoid far worse consequences....but I'm with Peter: Although accidents can happen, I would expect there to be some form of emergency condition if you're striking a stationary object with a seaworthy vessel. Otherwise, if a pilot or captain cannot control their vessel well enough to avoid a known, stationary hazard then what are they doing at the helm...that's incompetence. If they are not competent enough to avoid a bridge (or dock or keep from running aground) then get them out of the wheelhouse. If it is not incompetence or an emergency, then the cause would likely be negligence or impairment....again, get them out of the wheelhouse.

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