(Daily Herald) SIMPSON BAY–Three years after the Simpson Bay bridge operator’s booth was knocked into the water by a superyacht entering Simpson Bay Lagoon with a hatch left open, the new bridge attendant’s booth was damaged by another mega-yacht on Sunday afternoon.
The 43.4m mega-yacht was going through the Simpson Bay bridge after the bridge opened at 5:00 pm when it struck the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority (SLAC) bridge control room. Rebuilt only a year ago, the booth incurred severe structural damage on Sunday. Wires leading to the operation consoles were also damaged.
Luckily, the bridge operator was not injured.
Port St. Maarten Group (PSG) personnel carried out a preliminary assessment and determined that bridge operations can continue as normal from the machine room.