Tugboat May Have Been Without a Licensed Captain When It Hit a Louisiana Bridge

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A towboat transporting a crane that struck a bridge might not have had a licensed captain onboard, according to a report in the March 2014 Professional Mariner.

According to the report, on October 25, the towboat was traveling west on the Harvey Canal, pushing multiple barges, when a crane on one of the barges struck the Lapalco Bridge.

“The top portion of a crane on a barge struck the catwalk area that is suspended below the bridge girders,” said Donald Hogan, assistant director of the streets department in Jefferson Parish.

The Times-Picayune reported that the towboat was being operated by a deck hand and had no licensed captain aboard at the time of the wreck.

The incident was still under investigation by the Coast Guard at the time of this report.

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