Archive of: Collisions

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NTSB: Tanker was traveling too fast before striking Maryland pier

Federal investigators say a tanker that caused $2 million in damage to a pier in Baltimore Harbor was traveling too fast while attempting a sharp dogleg turn.

August 2014

Tanker hits bridge on Piscataqua River, damages hull and fender

A 600-foot tanker loaded with diesel fuel struck a bridge connecting Maine and New Hampshire on a clear morning.

June/July 2014

Barge strikes Louisiana highway bridge, causing severe damage

June/July 2014

Barge and tow collision, oil spill force closure of Lower Mississippi

June/July 2014

NTSB: Pilot’s errors caused Houston Ship Channel crane casualty

Shortly before dawn on a quiet summer morning, as his vessel was moving a few thousand feet to a new berth in the Houston Ship Channel, the chief mate aboard bulk carrier Mary Ann Hudson saw something unusual.

May 2014
Laker damaged in collision with cutter during ice escort

Laker damaged in collision with cutter during ice escort

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a collision that punctured the hulls of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and a bulk carrier during an ice escort on Lake Michigan.

May 2014
NTSB: Failed mooring bollards caused Ala. cruise ship breakaway

NTSB: Failed mooring bollards caused Ala. cruise ship breakaway

Federal investigators say mooring bollards that failed in rapid succession during strong winds caused a cruise ship to break away from a Mobile, Ala., shipyard and collide with two other vessels.

May 2014
NTSB: Tanker struck Calif. bridge due to course change, distractions

NTSB: Tanker struck Calif. bridge due to course change, distractions

A pilot’s last-minute decision to alter course while approaching the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the vessel’s master talking on the phone combined to cause an oil tanker to strike the bridge, according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

April 2014

Jersey City-bound ferry goes off course, hits pier in Hudson River

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating how a Hudson River ferry crossing from Manhattan to New Jersey struck a dock along the way, but the agency tentatively has ruled out mechanical failure.

April 2014

Collision with rake barge takes the life of Missouri johnboat operator

A 51-year-old man died after the johnboat he was driving collided with a tug and barge and rolled over in the Missouri River near St. Charles County, Mo.

March 2014
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