WATCH Progress On New York Harbor’s Bayonne Bridge

The Bayonne Bridge is the fifth-longest steel arch bridge in the world, and was the longest in the world at the time of its completion. The bridge is also one of four connecting New Jersey with Staten Island, New York. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has launched a five-year, $1.3 billion project to raise the roadbed within the existing arch to … [Read more...]

Windoc Incident – Story Behind YouTube’s Most Chilling Video

In August 2001 the Bulk Carrier Windoc was lined up on the Welland Canal's Bridge 11 in Ontario Canada. After receiving the flashing amber approach light indicating that the bridge operator was aware of the vessel, the captain lined up on the centerline and maintained a speed of 5 knots. Minutes later while the vessel was half way through the bridge started descending. The … [Read more...]

WATCH: Steamboat American Queen Passes Under Bridge With Inches to Spare

Watch your heads! Check out this video showing the American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, passing under the Illinois Central Railroad Bridge in Cairo, Illinois while southbound on the Ohio River with only 6" minimum clearance. "We topped around above the bridge and backed down through it with the throttles ready to go ahead should anything go wrong," a source told … [Read more...]

This Tilting Lock Could Solve Traffic Problems Caused By Movable Bridges

A Dutch engineering firm has come up with a unique solution that it believes could be the answer to road and waterway traffic congestion caused by the raising or opening of low movable bridges so that tall vessels can pass below. To solve this problem, Royal HaskoningDHV proposes that instead opening or raising the bridge itself, why not just use gravity to lower boats … [Read more...]

Construction of New San Francisco Bay Bridge in 4 Minutes – Timelapse Video

Since passing under bridges is basically a prerequisite when it comes to a life at sea, it is no wonder why most mariners are utterly fascinated by -and possibly a bit fearful of- them. The new $6.8 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which just opened this week following years of construction, is no different. This high-definition timelapse was … [Read more...]