Archive of: Sinkings & Capsizings

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NTSB: Lack of preparation contributed to Bering Sea fatalities

NTSB: Lack of preparation contributed to Bering Sea fatalities

Two contractors were unable to escape Exito before it sank off Unalaska Island

Web Bulletin 2018
Pilot’s failure to identify charted hazard cited in towboat sinking

Pilot’s failure to identify charted hazard cited in towboat sinking

Eric Haney was upbound on the Mississippi River with 15 empty barges when it slammed into an erosion-control dike near Cairo, Ill., went adrift in the current and partially sank several miles downriver.

October/November 2018

NTSB: Pilot underestimated current in Kentucky towboat sinking

A towboat that sank last year in the Mississippi River near Columbus, Ky., was handling a string of barges when it lost control in the strong current and became pinned against a downriver barge fleet.

August 2018
15 coal barges break from Monongahela fleeting area, two sink

15 coal barges break from Monongahela fleeting area, two sink

Fifteen loaded coal barges broke free from a fleeting area on the Monongahela River east of Pittsburgh, Pa., and two later sank.

August 2018
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
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