Archive of: Collisions

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Crew rescued after two tugs collide, one sinks near Vancouver Island

Two tugboats en route to Nanaimo, British Columbia, collided after the larger tug unexpectedly turned into the smaller vessel, which then capsized and sank.

September 2016

Authorities probe damage after tugboat runs into Louisiana pier

A tugboat struck and damaged a New Orleans pier on Christmas Eve, authorities said. The pier was still closed in March.

May 2016

Tugs collide, one sinks during high-water conditions near Memphis

A tugboat sank after colliding with another tug near Memphis, Tenn., as the Mississippi River rose toward flood stage in December.

May 2016

NTSB: Army Corps left out critical details before tow struck its barges

As he approached Kempe Bend in the Lower Mississippi River, the mate conning the towboat Riley Elizabeth sought guidance for transiting the nearly 90-degree curve.

May 2016
Steering system to blame in bulk carrier’s river accident, NTSB says

Steering system to blame in bulk carrier’s river accident, NTSB says

Steering failures caused a bulk carrier to strike a tanker and then hit a pier in the Mississippi River in 2014, investigators found.

April 2016
Probe: Assist tug struck breakwater after misjudging tide power

Probe: Assist tug struck breakwater after misjudging tide power

A Quebec tugboat was damaged when it became caught between a breakwater and the bulk carrier it was assisting because a strong ebb tide pushed the ship off course and the tug’s tow-abort mechanism failed.

March 2016
NTSB: Human errors on towboat, bridge led to fatal crane accident

NTSB: Human errors on towboat, bridge led to fatal crane accident

A barge-mounted crane struck a New Orleans bridge and fell onto a towing vessel in 2014, killing the captain, after he failed to establish his air draft and ensure that the bridge was raised high enough, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.

February 2016

Probe: Watchkeeping deficiencies caused OSV to strike platform

An offshore supply vessel (OSV) struck a natural gas production platform in the Louisiana Gulf last year because of poor watchkeeping and improper operations by the captain and the mate, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

February 2016

North Carolina party boat loses steering, strikes pier; 15 injured

A passenger vessel packed with revelers ran into a fishing pier near Wilmington, N.C., and authorities say a steering malfunction was what caused the captain to lose control.

December/January 2016
Investigators: Operators of both vessels in Gulf crash were distracted

Investigators: Operators of both vessels in Gulf crash were distracted

A 2014 collision between an offshore supply vessel (OSV) and a commercial fishing boat occurred because operators of both vessels didn’t keep proper lookouts, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.

December/January 2016
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