Another container ship “loses power” in NYC harbor right before Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge
By Ethan Huff // Apr 10, 2024

Many people missed it because of the second Great American Eclipse, but another bridge almost collapsed this past weekend, this time in New York City.

A similar series of events to what happened with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Maryland, a container ship reportedly "lost power" in Upper New York Bay just before the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge that connects the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

In this case, the container ship was stopped from crashing into the bridge after a New York City tugboat captain informed Captain John Konrad, CEO of gCaptain, that the 354-meter APL QINGDAO container ship "lost power while transiting New York harbor."

"They had three escort tugs but three more were needed to bring her under control," the tugboat captain told Konrad. "They regained power and were brought to anchor near the Verrazzano Bridge."

Registered in Malta, the container ship is owned and operated by a major French shipping company called CMA CGM Group.

Captain Konrad tweeted on X the day of the incident that he was "still waiting for confirmation on the incident.

(Related: According to Gen. Michael Flynn, the recent Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse was "a black swan event.")

What's up with all these bridge incidents lately?

Data collected from the vessel's AIS tracking system shows it abruptly dropped anchor late on Friday night just before the 13,700-foot suspension bridge. By the time Sunday arrived, the vessel's navigation status was shown as "anchored."

The incident occurred almost two weeks to the day after the Francis Scott Key Bridge incident, which has paralyzed the Port of Baltimore for an indefinite period of time.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Verrazzano Bridge "won't collapse" from the incident.

"While the Verrazzano shares some characteristics with the Key Bridge, there are also important differences," reads a WSJ opinion piece.

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"First, its massive vertical supports are positioned much closer to land than the Key Bridge's – 1,000 feet away from the harbor's navigation channel – making them considerably less likely to be hit by an errant vessel. The towers also are surrounded by rock islands, which would force any ship heading toward the supports to run aground before striking the tower. Additional safety projects have further hardened protections, even adding an air gap sensor system that detects vertical clearances between the bridge and large vessels passing underneath."

Even so, there is now great worry among the experts that America's infrastructure is both dilapidated and frail, and that it is easily destroyed if just one thing goes wrong.

"We are at war," speculated one commenter as to what might really be going on. "People need to wake up. Cyber attack to take out USA supply chains and infrastructure."

"It's coming," responded another. "Any day now. You promise. So does the CIA."

"The coincidences are increasing in regularity," wrote another.

"They already used planes crashing into buildings so maybe having boats crashing into bridges is the new and fashionable form of terrorism," wrote another, making reference to the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks from 2001.

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