Archive of: Collisions

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Pilot on leave, navigation rules under review after ship hits Calif. bridge

Pilot on leave, navigation rules under review after ship hits Calif. bridge

Changes in best practices for vessels in San Francisco Bay have been proposed after an oil tanker struck a bridge tower.

April 2013

Tugboat goes adrift after engine fire, bumps into barge in Hawaii

A tugboat shipping mixed cargo from Seattle to Honolulu caught fire, lost power and collided with its tow near Maui.

April 2013
Bulk carrier pierces hull, damages dock while backing at Toledo

Bulk carrier pierces hull, damages dock while backing at Toledo

A Canadian-flagged laker punctured a stern bunker tank when it backed into a pier on the Maumee River near Toledo, Ohio.

April 2013
Tanker crashes into Baltimore coal dock, causing $22M in damage

Tanker crashes into Baltimore coal dock, causing $22M in damage

A tanker struck a coal-unloading pier in Baltimore, heavily damaging the facility and shutting it down for months. The ship was briefly arrested while the dock owner pursued a damage claim that grew to $22 million.

March 2013
Bulk carrier strikes, destroys large section of trestle at B.C. coal terminal

Bulk carrier strikes, destroys large section of trestle at B.C. coal terminal

A 939-foot coal carrier missed a turn and slammed into a causeway at a British Columbia terminal, destroying 400 feet of the trestle and conveyor.

March 2013

Coast Guard notes ‘overconfidence bias’ of docking pilot before crash

The U.S. Coast Guard has focused on the behavior of a docking pilot in its probe of a 2011 collision between a containership and a tank barge near New Jersey’s Bergen Point.

March 2013
Pilot error, hydrodynamics cited in ship collision in Texas channel

Pilot error, hydrodynamics cited in ship collision in Texas channel

A pilot’s failure to account for bank-effect forces likely caused a 2011 collision between a tanker and a containership in the Houston Ship Channel.

March 2013

San Francisco tour boat gashed while sailing too close to island

A party boat struck a shoal near Alcatraz Island during a flood tide in San Francisco Bay, interrupting a beer-tasting cruise.

February 2013

Alaska ferry crash blamed on speed and lack of countercurrent

An Alaska state ferry went off course and struck a seafood dock on May 7 because of a navigational error by the master, who had expected currents to help him slow down, according to the state agency that owns the vessel.

December/January 2013

Nine passengers injured when Chicago tour boat slams into dock

The Chicago River tour boat The Lila lost power and struck a concrete dock, injuring 9 passengers

Web Bulletin 2012
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