Archive of: Sinkings & Capsizings

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Historic tugboat sinks off Maine coast during Coast Guard tow

Historic tugboat sinks off Maine coast during Coast Guard tow

Two tugboats collided off Maine during a fuel transfer, and one of them later sank while under tow by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter.

May 2018
NTSB cites hull fracture, extra fuel in sinking of Florida tugboat

NTSB cites hull fracture, extra fuel in sinking of Florida tugboat

Atlantic Raider was assisting with a dredging project near Jacksonville, Fla., when the tugboat abruptly listed to port.

April 2018
TSB: Poor risk assessment led to St. Lawrence River tug capsizing

TSB: Poor risk assessment led to St. Lawrence River tug capsizing

Lack of a documented process to assist masters in evaluating risk in operations, such as transiting a barge in current to a work quay, led to the capsizing of a tugboat in the St. Lawrence River near Montreal, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) determined.

February 2018
Tugs sink, drillship grounds as Hurricane Harvey slams Texas

Tugs sink, drillship grounds as Hurricane Harvey slams Texas

U.S. Coast Guard air crews rescued at least 27 mariners from vessels that grounded or sank near Port Aransas, Texas during Hurricane Harvey in late August.

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

Body recovered from sunken towboat in Memphis

Two men have been missing since the 66-foot Ricky Robinson sank Dec. 8

Web Bulletin 2017
NTSB: Captain's decisions, TOTE's poor oversight led to El Faro disaster

NTSB: Captain's decisions, TOTE's poor oversight led to El Faro disaster

Despite Michael Davidson's actions, 'that ship was not destined to sink,' the board's chairman says

Web Bulletin 2017

Two missing after towboat sinks in Tennessee

The 66-foot Ricky Robinson broadcast a mayday on the Mississippi River near Memphis

Web Bulletin 2017

Sunken tug hazard to navigation on Columbia River

MDLM Diane, a 45-foot recreational tug, was reported missing Saturday and found Monday

Web Bulletin 2017
TSB: 'Unidentified risks' led to rapid sinking of Montreal tugboat

TSB: 'Unidentified risks' led to rapid sinking of Montreal tugboat

Three tugs were repositioning an excavation barge when a spud jammed

Web Bulletin 2017
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