Archive of: Collisions

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NTSB cites use of single barge couplings in high water for breakaway

NTSB cites use of single barge couplings in high water for breakaway

Two barges carrying sand and gravel struck a fireboat and bridge pier in downtown Nashville, Tenn., after coming loose from their tow on the Cumberland River.

October/November 2018
Edison Chouest tug dents tanker during Valdez docking maneuver

Edison Chouest tug dents tanker during Valdez docking maneuver

The Crowley Maritime tanker Florida sustained minor hull damage from a “hard landing” in Valdez, Alaska, by one of Edison Chouest Offshore’s new purpose-built tugboats.

September 2018
High-water bridge strike knocks 16 barges loose at Vicksburg

High-water bridge strike knocks 16 barges loose at Vicksburg

Sixteen barges broke free after a tow pushed by Michael G. Morris struck the railroad bridge across the Mississippi River in Vicksburg, Miss.

June/July 2018
Barge tow strikes powerboat stalled in fog on Columbia River

Barge tow strikes powerboat stalled in fog on Columbia River

Two fishermen escaped serious injury after a tugboat and barge ran over their powerboat in dense fog on the Columbia River, pushing them underwater.

June/July 2018
Bridge tender’s distraction leads to delay, barge strike in Louisiana

Bridge tender’s distraction leads to delay, barge strike in Louisiana

Forty minutes before the towboat’s scheduled arrival, the pilot aboard Marguerite L. Terral arranged for the opening of an Atchafalaya River swing bridge.

May 2018
NTSB: Inadequate risk assessment led to high-water allisions

NTSB: Inadequate risk assessment led to high-water allisions

The 817-foot tanker Nordbay was outbound in the Mississippi River when it struck a barge dock just west of New Orleans while transiting a sharp bend.

March 2018
TSB cites unattended controls, misaligned rudders in tug collision

TSB cites unattended controls, misaligned rudders in tug collision

Two tugboats heading for home after a day in the log booms collided in the Northumberland Channel last year off Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

December/January 2018
NTSB cites master's actions in $1 million dock accident

NTSB cites master's actions in $1 million dock accident

Celebrity Infinity hit a Ketchikan pier in gusty winds

Web Bulletin 2017

Minnesota rail bridge reopens after barge strike

The St. Paul span was hit by a barge being guided by the towboat Cooperative Venture

Web Bulletin 2017

Japanese tugboat loses power, dents US destroyer

The tug drifted into USS Benfold during a towing exercise

Web Bulletin 2017
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