Enbridge-connected contractor boat hits Mackinac Bridge


The Coast Guard is investigating after a boat connected to Enbridge struck part of the Mackinac Bridge.

It was dark last Wednesday when the 30-foot boat operated by an Enbridge contractor struck a jetty at the north end.

There was no structural damage, but it scuffed the steel surrounding the concrete pier.

Four crew members on board sustained minor injuries. They were working on placing surveillance cameras in the strait.

In a statement, Ryan Duffy, spokesperson for Enbridge, said:

“On November 3, a crew transport boat operated by a contractor taking over the installation of ground cameras to monitor the Straits of Mackinac was involved in a maritime incident near the north end of the Mackinac Bridge.

The operator of the boat reported that four people on board sustained minor injuries; all four received medical treatment and were allowed to return to work. The incident was reported to the Mackinac Bridge Authority and the United States Coast Guard.

The event occurred around 7:30 p.m., as the crew was returning from Île Sainte-Hélène to Saint-Ignace. The 30-foot-long boat returned to port safely on its own.

Safety is paramount in all Enbridge operations and projects, and Enbridge is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its employees, contractors and the communities in which we live and work. The remaining work in the straits this year will be carried out during daylight hours, including the transport of work teams. ”

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