Harwich: Capsized barge loses 20,000 granite load

COASTGUARDS were alerted in the early hours of yesterday morning after a barge capsized 30 miles off Harwich, dropping its load of 20,000 tonnes of granite.

The granite was lost overboard after the 122 metre unmanned barge being towed by the tug Hibernia ran into trouble.

Crew on the Hibernia radioed for help at 1.45am reporting that the barge had capsized

A coastguard spokesman said: “The contents of the barge some 20,000 tonnes of granite blocks were lost overboard.

“Thames Coastguard informed Trinity House and the Coastguard Duty Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer, who are monitoring the situation.”

You may also want to watch:

The tug was due to tow the barge to shore this morning.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus