Archive of: Collisions

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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

Mistaken passing arrangement cited in Mississippi River tow collision

As they prepared to meet on the Lower Mississippi River, captains on the upbound pushboat P.B. Shah and downbound pushboat Dewey R agreed to a port-to-port passing arrangement.

March 2017

NTSB: Mate disregarded commands before barge strike, breakaway

Shortly after midnight on Jan. 15, 2016, the tug Lucia and loaded fuel barge Caribbean were attempting a 180-degree turn in the Mississippi River near New Orleans.

February 2017

Lack of communication, translation lapse cited in US-flag collision

The U.S.-flagged containership St. Louis Express was outbound from Antwerp, Belgium on the Scheldt River when it collided with Hammersmith Bridge, a much larger cargo ship sailing inbound.

February 2017
High water too much for tugs, mooring setup in bulker breakaway

High water too much for tugs, mooring setup in bulker breakaway

An insufficient number of tugboats and an inadequate mooring arrangement were leading factors in the 2015 breakaway of a bulk carrier on the rain-swollen Lower Mississippi River, National Transportation Safety Board investigators determined.

December/January 2017
Investigators cite pilot’s failure to hold station in towboat collision

Investigators cite pilot’s failure to hold station in towboat collision

Federal investigators say a towboat pilot’s failure to hold position along the riverbank was a leading factor in a 2015 collision on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn.

December/January 2017

Pleasure boat, ferry collide in Washington (with VIDEO)

The operator of Nap Tyme was reportedly below deck when impact occurred

Web Bulletin 2016

NTSB cites captain's 'failure to plan' in Virginia bridge allision

The accident on the Elizabeth River caused $1.8 million in damage

Web Bulletin 2016
Tugboat collision leaves LCS Montgomery with cracked hull

Tugboat collision leaves LCS Montgomery with cracked hull

The accident off Florida follows two recent engineering casualties

Web Bulletin 2016

Man dies after boat hits barge on Detroit River

Two other boaters are injured in the incident near the Ambassador Bridge

Web Bulletin 2016
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