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NEW ORLEANS - A Greek-flagged bulk ship collided with another bulk vessel Monday afternoon on the Mississippi River at New Orleans.
No injuries were reported and the river was reopened to one-way traffic within an hour of the mishap, which occurred at 3:30 p.m. local time. The collision involved the 737-foot-long Torm Anholt, which flies the Greek flag and was headed downriver loaded with soybeans.
The Torm vessel reportedly rounded a bend in the river in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, La., between mile markers 111 and 115. After rounding the bend, the Torm vessel struck the anchored, 712-foot-long Panamanian-flagged Zagora.
The Coast Guard sent two helicopter rescue crews from Air Station New Orleans, a 41-foot rescue boat crew and personnel to investigate.
The Torm vessel has a gash on its right side about 12 feet high by 6 feet long forward of the superstructure and about 9 feet above the waterline.
No pollution was reported, and two-way traffic was expected to resume by Tuesday morning.
- Janet Plume, Gulf Shipper