Archive of: Injuries / Fatalities

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Captain dies in accident on anchored bulker in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Captain dies in accident on anchored bulker in Gulf of St. Lawrence

The captain of a Liberia-flagged bulk carrier died from injuries suffered in a fall while the ship was anchored in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, according to Canadian authorities.

June/July 2018
Two crewmen presumed dead after towboat sinks in New Orleans

Two crewmen presumed dead after towboat sinks in New Orleans

Two crewmen were missing and presumed dead after their towboat capsized and sank in the swollen Mississippi River in New Orleans.

May 2018
Three killed in explosion on Kentucky towboat as it undergoes repairs

Three killed in explosion on Kentucky towboat as it undergoes repairs

Three people died and four others were seriously injured in an explosion and fire aboard a moored towboat at a repair yard in Calvert City, Ky.

April 2018
Passenger dies after fire engulfs casino shuttle on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Passenger dies after fire engulfs casino shuttle on Florida’s Gulf Coast

One person died and 14 people were injured after a casino transport shuttle caught fire near Port Richey, Fla., and burned to the waterline.

April 2018
Tennessee towboat sinks after mayday, killing both men aboard

Tennessee towboat sinks after mayday, killing both men aboard

One crewman died and another is missing and presumed dead after a towboat sank in the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn.

March 2018
NTSB: Victims in Alaska sinking weren’t prepared for emergency

NTSB: Victims in Alaska sinking weren’t prepared for emergency

Barely two hours after leaving Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for nearby Akutan Island, the uninspected freighter Exito began listing to starboard.

March 2018
NTSB’s El Faro findings emphasize captain’s errors as risk increased

NTSB’s El Faro findings emphasize captain’s errors as risk increased

El Faro Capt. Michael Davidson should have done more to avoid Hurricane Joaquin, and after the ship lost propulsion he should have prepared crew sooner to abandon the crippled vessel, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined.

February 2018
Explosion kills two crewmen on Bouchard oil barge off Texas

Explosion kills two crewmen on Bouchard oil barge off Texas

Two crewmen died after a loaded oil barge exploded in the Gulf of Mexico near Port Aransas, Texas.

February 2018
Coast Guard’s El Faro report cites captain’s errors, TOTE violations

Coast Guard’s El Faro report cites captain’s errors, TOTE violations

The U.S. Coast Guard’s report on the El Faro disaster identified key failings by Capt. Michael Davidson and ship operator TOTE Maritime, as well as shortcomings in the Coast Guard’s oversight of third-party inspections.

December/January 2018
Coast Guard's final El Faro memo: 'This is a call to action'

Coast Guard's final El Faro memo: 'This is a call to action'

The document outlines steps to 'zealously recommit' to the safety of mariners

Web Bulletin 2017
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