Archive of: Other Casualties

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Probe: Maine pier collapsed 33 years beyond its expected life span

Probe: Maine pier collapsed 33 years beyond its expected life span

The partial collapse of a Maine pier late last year was caused by the failure of internal components brought upon by decades of wear, according to federal investigators.

October/November 2015

TSB: Poor engine maintenance caused tug's propulsion loss in Fraser River

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said failure to follow manufacturer's maintenance protocol led to the tugboat Jose Narvaez's power loss

Web Bulletin 2014

Probe: Improper gear caused fatal fall when hoisting line parted

A fatality occurred aboard the bulk carrier Federal Yoshino last year because improper gear was used, and a hoisting line parted while crewmember was in basket

Web Bulletin 2014

NTSB: Leak in steering gear caused flooding, loss of California tug

The sinking of a tugboat near the California coast in April 2013 was the result of a steering gear leak that caused uncontrolled flooding in the engine room, federal investigators said.

September 2014
Officials: Tugboat in doomed ‘ghost ship’ tow was deficient

Officials: Tugboat in doomed ‘ghost ship’ tow was deficient

The tugboat Charlene Hunt had just reached open water southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland, with a massive cruise ship in tow. After a 50-degree course change, the tug was traveling straight into 35-knot winds and 15-foot seas.

September 2014

Three people hospitalized after inhaling chemical aboard barge

Three Ingram Barge Co. employees were exposed to a hazardous chemical and hospitalized after cleaning a barge along the Ohio River near Catlettsburg, Ky.

August 2014

Helicopters evacuate crew from stranded bulk carrier near Canada

A grain carrier’s crew were evacuated by helicopter after the ship’s engine room flooded and the vessel drifted against a shoal in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

August 2014
Box ship’s power loss may bring new escort rules at Halifax Harbour

Box ship’s power loss may bring new escort rules at Halifax Harbour

A propulsion casualty involving a containership has prompted the Port of Halifax to review safety procedures for ship escorts, including the potential need for mandatory stern tether lines.

May 2014

Operator fined $75K after not reporting box ship’s engine failure

The U.S. Coast Guard has fined Japanese shipping company K-Line $75,000 for neglecting to report the failure of a containership’s main engine for more than 10 hours.

February 2014
Ferry captain loses job after departing dock while cars still loading

Ferry captain loses job after departing dock while cars still loading

At 1956 on Aug. 7, dispatchers in Jamestown, Va., received a series of 911 emergency calls from the local wharf, where car ferry Surry was in the midst of its last departure for the night. Stunned witnesses reported that a car had fallen off the boat’s ramp, and a 19-year-old woman was trapped inside.

December/January 2014
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