Coast Guard clears activity at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor dock

2012-09-28T14:30:00Z 2012-09-29T14:04:07Z Coast Guard clears activity at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor dockTimes Staff nwitimes.com
September 28, 2012 2:30 pm  • 

The U.S. Coast Guard cleared ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor to use unaffected sections of a dock after it partially collapsed Tuesday under the weight of material stored on it.

The Coast Guard required the company to complete an inspection of the entire dock wall as a precautionary measure.

Multiple third-party engineers ArcelorMittal hired told the company the remaining dock space was in satisfactory condition, ArcelorMittal spokeswoman Mary Beth Holdford said in a statement issued Friday.

Normal loading and unloading operations have resumed on the unaffected portion of the dock.

"There has been no impact on production or our ability to serve our customers," Holdford said. "Additionally, the waterway remains navigable, with no impact on Port of Indiana operations."

The partial dock collapse was caused by the weight of mill scale stored on the ground at the facility. No injuries or pollution were reported from the collapse.

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