Archive of: Groundings

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Union: Sunken US tug a consequence of foreign crews in Canadian waters

Union: Sunken US tug a consequence of foreign crews in Canadian waters

A union leader cites Nathan E. Stewart as Canadian maritime workers protest federal jobs policy

Web Bulletin 2017
Crew rescued after tanker runs aground off Cape Breton

Crew rescued after tanker runs aground off Cape Breton

Arca 1 experiences engine failure and grounds near Sydney Harbor

Web Bulletin 2017
NTSB cites improper monitoring by mate, VTS in laker grounding

NTSB cites improper monitoring by mate, VTS in laker grounding

On a foggy spring day, the Great Lakes freighter Roger Blough grounded in the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., while preparing to overtake a disabled laker under tow.

October/November 2017
Operator cites ‘excessive’ touch-screen sensitivity in tanker grounding

Operator cites ‘excessive’ touch-screen sensitivity in tanker grounding

The loaded tanker Damia Desgagnes ran aground in the St. Lawrence River near Iroquois, Ontario, after the main engine was inadvertently shut off from the bridge.

September 2017
TSB: Improperly installed tiller lever key factor in Quebec grounding

TSB: Improperly installed tiller lever key factor in Quebec grounding

A containership veered off course and grounded in the St. Lawrence River due to the helm likely being inadvertently placed 10 degrees to starboard, an unconventionally installed tiller lever, and ambiguity in the verbal exchange between the pilot and the helmsman.

September 2017
Inadequate tow gear, poor risk assessment cited in BC barge groundings

Inadequate tow gear, poor risk assessment cited in BC barge groundings

Two barges went aground on Vancouver Island in high winds because inadequate towing equipment was used and the company had not developed documented operating procedures for its vessels, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said in a report released in May.

August 2017
Helmsman’s steering error cited in Columbia River bulker grounding

Helmsman’s steering error cited in Columbia River bulker grounding

The bulk carrier Sparna was outbound on the Columbia River with a load of wheat when it left the navigation channel and struck a charted reef near Wauna, Ore., leaving large rocks lodged inside the hull.

August 2017
Crew boat turns abruptly, runs hard aground on Louisiana jetty

Crew boat turns abruptly, runs hard aground on Louisiana jetty

A crew boat carrying seven people ran onto a jetty marking the Calcasieu Ship Channel in southwest Louisiana, breaching its hull in several places.

June/July 2017
Crew airlifted after tugboat grounds on southeast Alaska reef

Crew airlifted after tugboat grounds on southeast Alaska reef

The Coast Guard rescued five people from an oceangoing tugboat after it grounded on a charted reef west of Wrangell, Alaska, and began taking on water.

June/July 2017
Crew rescued after self-propelled barge grounds off Cape Breton

Crew rescued after self-propelled barge grounds off Cape Breton

A self-propelled bunker barge sailing from Montreal to Mexico ran aground off northeastern Nova Scotia after losing power in one of its engines, and its crew of six had to be rescued by a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter.

April 2017
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