Author: Casey Conley

Shipbuilding News April 2021

Eastern launches third new Staten Island ferry Eastern Shipbuilding has launched the third and final Ollis-class ferry for the New York City Department of Transportation’s Staten Island Ferry Division. Eastern launched the 4,500-passenger Dorothy Day from its Allanton facility in…

Professional Mariner's Casualty Newsletter for March 2021

Containership runs aground in Suez Canal, blocking traffic Assist tugboats and salvage crews are working to remove the Panama-flagged containership Ever Given that grounded Tuesday in the Suez Canal. The 1,312-foot, 20,000-TEU ship was bound for Rotterdam, Netherlands when it…

Shipbuilding News March 2021

Philly Shipyard cuts steel for second training ship Philly Shipyard has begun construction on the second of up to five national security multi-mission vessels (NSMVs) for the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd). The shipyard, located on the Delaware River, held a…

Crew rescued, fuel escapes as tugboat sinks off Puerto Rico

Three mariners escaped from a 71-year-old tugboat before it sank near the port of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, on Christmas Eve. The 111-foot Proassist III started taking on water during the early evening on Dec. 24 while returning to Yabucoa. Crew…

Loss of towline shackle pin cited in sinking of tug in Pacific

Chamorro encountered 13-foot seas, heavy rain and 50-mph winds from a developing typhoon as it towed the unmanned tugboat Mangilao from Guam to the Philippines. While en route, the 1,700-hp oceangoing tug struggled to maintain speed in difficult conditions. …

NTSB: Strong following current contributed to Illinois bridge strike

Federal investigators determined that “higher-than-average current speed” was a contributing factor in a New Year’s Day bridge strike on the Des Plaines River southwest of Chicago. The 1,200-hp towboat William C. was downbound with six loaded barges when the pilot…

Casualty News February 2021

Historic workboat sinks on Milwaukee waterfront A historic Lake Michigan workboat took on water and sank on the morning of Feb. 21 in Milwaukee. City authorities told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Harbor Seagull likely started taking on water that…

Shipbuilding News February 2021

Metal Shark delivers pair of futuristic 55-foot fireboats The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department has taken delivery of two head-turning fireboats from Metal Shark of Jeanerette, La. The 55-foot neon-green FB-21 and FB-73 replaced existing vessels in the department’s fleet. The…

Casualty Newsletter January 2021

Maersk containership loses 750 containers in Pacific The containership Maersk Essen has diverted to Mexico after losing about 750 40-foot containers in the Pacific Ocean. The 13,100-TEU vessel was sailing from Xiamen, China to Los Angeles when it encountered heavy…

Casualty News December 2020

NTSB details lessons learned in new Safer Seas Digest The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its annual report highlighting lessons learned from maritime accident investigations. Safer Seas Digest 2019, released earlier this month, contains key details from notable…

Tow hits anchored pontoon boat in North Carolina, killing one

One recreational boater died and another was injured when a tugboat pushing a single barge hit an anchored pontoon boat in the Intracoastal Waterway near Beaufort, N.C. The barge, pushed by the 94-foot John Parrish, hit the pontoon boat outside…

Casualty Briefs

Crewman missing, presumed dead after falling from ship off Texas A 27-year-old mariner sailing aboard the tanker Sagami is missing and presumed dead after falling into the Gulf of Mexico near Sabine Pass, Texas.  The victim, whose name and…