Archive of: Other Casualties

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NTSB: Towboat steering failed before Mardi Gras World collision

NTSB: Towboat steering failed before Mardi Gras World collision

Web Bulletin 2019
Crane atop barge clips power lines, causes outage in Virginia

Crane atop barge clips power lines, causes outage in Virginia

A construction crane mounted on a deck barge clipped overhead electrical lines while the vessel was underway in the Elizabeth River, closing the waterway and knocking out power to thousands of Virginia residents.

September 2019
NTSB cites failure to secure barge anchor for $105 million casualty

NTSB cites failure to secure barge anchor for $105 million casualty

The articulated tug-barge (ATB) tugboat Clyde S. VanEnkevort and barge Erie Trader were approaching port in Indiana Harbor, Ind., when a crewman heard something unusual: One of the barge’s anchors was submerged, and its chain was rubbing against the hull.

August 2019
Damaged safety latch allows BC Ferries rescue boat to fall into sea

Damaged safety latch allows BC Ferries rescue boat to fall into sea

A rescue boat from BC Ferries’ Spirit of Vancouver Island slipped off a davit hook due to a damaged spring-loaded safety latch, causing an “uncontrolled fall” into the water more than 50 feet below, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said in an investigative report.

June/July 2019
Torrent of ice roars down Hudson River, taking vessels with it

Torrent of ice roars down Hudson River, taking vessels with it

Eight vessels broke away from their moorings in upstate New York during a period of rapidly rising water and thick ice on the Hudson River.

April 2019
Bollard holding five lines snaps, leading to Boston breakaway

Bollard holding five lines snaps, leading to Boston breakaway

Just after midnight on a blustery Boston morning, a crewman aboard Helsinki Bridge watched the containership’s bow swing slowly away from the terminal after a mooring bollard snapped.

April 2019
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
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