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Rendel gets call on old Indian bridge

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SHIPPING authorities in India are calling on High Point Rendel to help them out after a barge rammed a bridge the firm designed nearly 70 years ago.

The empty vessel slammed into the Howrah bridge across the Hooghly River between Calcutta and Howrah.

Calcutta Port Trust Authority is expected to call the consultant's offices in London where the original designs are kept.

A spokesman for the consultant said: 'I think the idea is to call up for advice.The firm carried out inspections of the bridge back in the 1980s and '90s.'

The accident is expected to shut the bridge, designed in 1937 and built by another British firm, Cleveland Bridge, for up to three months.