Archive of: Other Casualties

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Towing safety study finds crew fatalities, vessel incidents down in 2017

Towing safety study finds crew fatalities, vessel incidents down in 2017

Six deaths were directly related to towing vessel operations last year, according to the Coast Guard and AWO

Web Bulletin 2018
Explosion disables US-bound bulk carrier off coast of Oregon

Explosion disables US-bound bulk carrier off coast of Oregon

A Panama-flagged bulk carrier went adrift in the Pacific Ocean near Oregon after an explosion disabled its main engine.

May 2018
Coast Guard suspends captain’s license after close call with rowers

Coast Guard suspends captain’s license after close call with rowers

An Oregon excursion boat captain already on probation following a 2015 incident has again had his license suspended by the U.S. Coast Guard.

February 2018
Containership loses propulsion, drifts within six miles of Aleutians

Containership loses propulsion, drifts within six miles of Aleutians

The containership Laura Maersk lost propulsion near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and drifted within six miles of land before an emergency tugboat arrived.

October/November 2017
Crew rescued after ferry loses propulsion, drifts off Newfoundland

Crew rescued after ferry loses propulsion, drifts off Newfoundland

The Canadian Coast Guard rescued five crewmembers from a disabled ferry drifting off Newfoundland’s southern coast after the vessel possibly ran out of fuel.

June/July 2017
Towline snags propeller, disabling Coast Guard cutter off Alaska

Towline snags propeller, disabling Coast Guard cutter off Alaska

A Coast Guard cutter became disabled in the Gulf of Alaska after a towline snagged its propeller while the ship was responding to a stranded fishing vessel.

April 2017

Shell icebreaker Fennica struck uncharted reef, Coast Guard says

Shortly after leaving Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in July 2015, crewmembers on the icebreaker Fennica heard a loud noise they initially thought was the anchor returning to its pocket.

December/January 2017
Engine problems strand ship, crew in Baltimore for 45 days

Engine problems strand ship, crew in Baltimore for 45 days

The vessel owner reportedly lacks money to pay for necessary repairs

Web Bulletin 2016

Runaway barges hit 3 ships, spill soybeans into Mississippi River

Twenty-two barges broke away from the United Bulk Terminals fleeting area near Davant, La., and three of the runaway vessels struck nearby ships, spilling soybeans from a bulk carrier into the Mississippi River.

June/July 2016

Containers, including one with chemicals, fall off oceangoing barge

An oceangoing barge sailing through rough waters off the Florida coast lost more than two dozen shipping containers, including one loaded with potentially hazardous wet-cell batteries.

April 2016
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