The flooding of rivers due to the passage of Hurricane Grace caused the collision of boats in one of the most important ports in the region
The flooding of rivers due to the passage of Hurricane Grace caused the collision of two boats loaded with a 2,372-ton platform against two former frigates of the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) in the Mexican state of Veracruz, the agency reported this Sunday.
The incident, in which no injuries were reported, occurred at a Navy dock in the Gulf of Mexico, located on the banks of the Pantepec River in the port of Tuxpan, one of the most important in the region.
The events arose due to the strong current of the river that grew as a result of the intense rains caused since Friday night by Grace.
This is due to the fact that the rainfall that occurred in the mountains is descending to the mouths in the Gulf of Mexico.
In fact, the damage from the cyclone has not allowed the 100% reintegration of the electrical and telephone systems in municipalities in the north of the state of Veracruz.
The Mexican Navy reported that a ship and a platform that were adrift downstream and the two ex-frigates intervened in the incident.
The units “El Chalan TARMAC 3018”, loaded with the platform named “DECK MALOOB + E” weighing 2,372.13 tons and the crane vessel “Fénix”, collided with the ex-frigates.
The naval vessels, which have been discharged from the Mexican Navy since 2017 and are in the process of being dismantled, were anchored in the river, without obstructing maritime traffic.
The armed institution reported that they will wait for more favorable weather conditions to carry out the rescue maneuvers and return them to their dock to be completely dismantled.
The Gulf Naval Force is considered the country’s first line of defense, executing amphibious, surface, naval and special operations in an expeditious manner, to face external and internal threats and control crises.
In addition, the Naval Force, together with various naval regions, are the acting agents of the Federation’s Naval Power in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.