Archive of: Collisions

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Barge spills oil into Mississippi after Natchez bridge strike

Barge spills oil into Mississippi after Natchez bridge strike

The towboat Amy Francis was transporting six barges when it hit the span

Web Bulletin 2016

Coast Guard reopens Mississippi River after 22-barge breakaway

The deep-draft ships Q Jake, Serena P and Ocean Tomo were damaged by drifting barges

Web Bulletin 2016
Barges break free in New Orleans after towboat strike

Barges break free in New Orleans after towboat strike

The incident involving M/V Lucia results in the temporary closure of the Mississippi River

Web Bulletin 2016
Houston pilots dispute NTSB’s findings in ship channel collision

Houston pilots dispute NTSB’s findings in ship channel collision

On a foggy day in the Houston Ship Channel, the pilot aboard Conti Peridot made an urgent radio call to his counterpart on Carla Maersk.

October/November 2016

NTSB: Captains failed to ‘properly determine risk’ of Gulf collision

Federal investigators cited the actions of both operators in a collision between a lift boat and crew boat in the Gulf of Mexico.

October/November 2016
NTSB: Barges collided in area ‘not recommended’ for meetings

NTSB: Barges collided in area ‘not recommended’ for meetings

The towboat Capt. Shorty C was approaching the Intracoastal Waterway when the vessel began sheering toward an oncoming vessel.

October/November 2016
‘Old school’ mate’s delay with autopilot cited in Gulf platform strike

‘Old school’ mate’s delay with autopilot cited in Gulf platform strike

Improper lookout and a crewman’s lack of fluency with the autopilot system were leading factors in an allision last year in the Gulf of Mexico that ignited an unmanned drilling platform, according to federal investigators.

September 2016

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
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