Archive of: Sinkings & Capsizings

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Operator dies when tugboat sinks in BC

Officials are investigating what led to the incident at Tolko Industries on Okanagan Lake

Web Bulletin 2017

Third and final El Faro hearing set for February

The session will begin Feb. 6 and include TOTE officials and the VDR transcript

Web Bulletin 2017
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 escapes, barges break free as Mississippi River towboat sinks

Crew escapes, barges break free as Mississippi River towboat sinks

Nine crewmembers escaped from a towboat after it grounded in the Mississippi River near Cairo, Ill., and partially sank along the riverbank.

October/November 2017
Final El Faro hearings focus on flooding that likely doomed ship

Final El Faro hearings focus on flooding that likely doomed ship

Seawater likely entered El Faro from multiple locations, according to a report presented during the third and final round of Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation hearings that also described a “plausible sequence” preceding the ship’s sinking.

May 2017
El Faro’s last hours: ‘Heartbreaking’ transcript answers some questions, raises others

El Faro’s last hours: ‘Heartbreaking’ transcript answers some questions, raises others

Bridge audio captured by El Faro’s voyage data recorder (VDR), made available by the National Transportation Safety Board, offers new details about the tragedy.

March 2017
NTSB: ‘Downstreaming’ in swift current led to fatal capsizing

NTSB: ‘Downstreaming’ in swift current led to fatal capsizing

Federal investigators cited a fleet boat captain’s decision to “downstream” toward an approaching line-haul tow in swift water as a leading factor in a fatal Mississippi River capsizing.

February 2017

Tugboat sinks, spills fuel in New York reservoir

A dive team is salvaging the unidentified vessel from Schoharie Reservoir

Web Bulletin 2016
Transcript details El Faro's flooding, bid to regain propulsion

Transcript details El Faro's flooding, bid to regain propulsion

The alternate chief engineer is heard stating he’s never seen the ship with such a list

Web Bulletin 2016
NTSB sets date for release of El Faro VDR transcript

NTSB sets date for release of El Faro VDR transcript

The docket will include sounds and discernible words captured on the bridge audio

Web Bulletin 2016
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