416-Foot Barge Grounded Off Mayport Could Be Refloated By Next Week

Apr 7, 2021

A 416-foot barge loaded with 14,000 tons of a substance used in construction remains hard aground on rocks about a mile south of the St. Johns River entrance after being stuck there on March 22 on purpose to keep it afloat.

WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union reported the 7,025-ton barge Bridgeport, owned by Moran Towing of Connecticut, began taking on water after grazing the Mayport jetties in bad weather.

While the damage is limited to part of its outer hull, it is leaking on one side, Dann Ocean Towing Co. spokesman Andy Legge said. The Tampa-based company is working to refloat the barge and let air out of its left side to purposely ground it on offshore rocks.

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