Archive of: Collisions

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Great Lakes bulker hits docked powerboat, bridge in Green Bay

Great Lakes bulker hits docked powerboat, bridge in Green Bay

A Great Lakes freighter backing out of the Fox River struck a moored powerboat and ran into a drawbridge in downtown Green Bay, Wis.

October/November 2017
‘Late and insufficient’ rudder cited in allision, 30-barge breakaway

‘Late and insufficient’ rudder cited in allision, 30-barge breakaway

After rounding a bend in the Mississippi River north of Thebes, Ill., the pilot of the downbound Michael G. Morris prepared the vessel and its 30-barge tow for another curve followed by a railroad bridge.

October/November 2017
NTSB: No ‘proper’ lookouts when barge hit cutter in Panama Canal

NTSB: No ‘proper’ lookouts when barge hit cutter in Panama Canal

Insufficient lookout was a key factor in a Panama Canal collision involving a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, American investigators said in a recent report.

October/November 2017
Ferry company cites radar confusion in Cape Cod jetty strike

Ferry company cites radar confusion in Cape Cod jetty strike

The captain of a high-speed ferry apparently confused a metal pole and sailboats for navigational buoys before the vessel slammed into a Cape Cod jetty, injuring 15 people on board.

September 2017
Man rescued from buoy after Canadian tanker hits stalled boat

Man rescued from buoy after Canadian tanker hits stalled boat

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man from Lake St. Clair north of Detroit, Mich., after a loaded tanker ran into his stranded powerboat in the shipping channel.

September 2017
Bulker drifts into Mississippi River dock after breaking anchor chain

Bulker drifts into Mississippi River dock after breaking anchor chain

Crew aboard Star of Abu Dhabi dropped anchor at a Mississippi River anchorage on a clear spring evening following a long voyage from the Canary Islands.

August 2017
Mate surrenders license after Intracoastal Waterway bridge strike

Mate surrenders license after Intracoastal Waterway bridge strike

Failure to account for bank effect likely caused a bridge strike last year in the Intracoastal Waterway off Chesapeake, Va., according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which also cited the mate’s lack of experience navigating through tight waterways.

August 2017
NTSB cites cruise ship’s speed, approach angle in Baltimore crash

NTSB cites cruise ship’s speed, approach angle in Baltimore crash

The cruise ship Carnival Pride rammed a Baltimore Harbor pier because the staff captain allowed the vessel to approach too fast and at too steep an angle, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

June/July 2017
NTSB cites towboat captain’s cellphone use in $60 million accident

NTSB cites towboat captain’s cellphone use in $60 million accident

Federal investigators believe a towboat captain’s cellphone use was a key factor in chain of collisions last year on the Lower Mississippi River.

April 2017

Overcrowded anchorage key factor in collision on swollen Mississippi

The pilot aboard the cargo ship Manizales had dropped anchor in the swollen Mississippi River and was about to step onto a waiting crew boat when he recognized a problem: The loaded vessel was moving with the current.

April 2017
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