Accident Closes Major Shipping Channel for Hours

A 669-foot tank ship carrying orange juice collided with a smaller dredging ship in Newark Bay on Thursday, forcing the Coast Guard to close a waterway that leads to some of the largest shipping terminals on the East Coast for about five hours.

No one was injured in the collision, but the smaller ship, the 117-foot Dredge New York, took on water and started to sink before it was stabilized. The Coast Guard found a sheen of light hydraulic fluid in the surrounding water, but investigators had not determined its source.