Trailer Bridge barge parted from tug during hurricane

Trailer Bridge barge parted from tug during hurricane

A Trailer Bridge triple-deck barge broke loose from the tug that was towing it from San Juan to Jacksonville, Florida, last weekend during the same hurricane that claimed TOTE Maritime’s El Faro.

The San Juan-Jax Bridge parted from the tug during rough seas Sunday, Trailer Bridge said. Two tugs reached the loose barge on Tuesday, and the barge resumed its voyage to Jacksonville, a company spokesman said.

“The barge is fully intact and all containers appear accounted for,” said Timothy O’Leary of Witt-O’’Brien’s, representing Trailer Bridge. No injuries were reported.

The company canceled a round-trip voyage by the roll-on, roll-off barge, which carries up to 405 containers of 53-foot length. Trailer Bridge said it has three additional flat-deck barges that could be outfitted to carry containers if necessary to meet customer needs.

The incident happened after Hurricane Joaquin rapidly developed from a tropical storm into a Category 4 hurricane.

Trailer Bridge is a competitor of TOTE and Crowley in the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade. TOTE’s 799-foot roll-on, roll-off/container ship El Faro sank during the hurricane. The Coast Guard located the remains of one crew member and was continuing Wednesday to search for others.

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