Casualty News

18 rescued after schooner capsizes in Kennebec River

(BATH, Maine) — The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of a capsized schooner in the Kennebec River on Friday evening. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England watch standers received a report that the historic schooner Mary E. capsized…

NTSB: SEACOR Power capsized as crew prepared to drop legs

Facing an unexpectedly strong storm, crew aboard the lift boat SEACOR Power began lowering the vessel’s retractable legs in an effort to ride out the weather. Moments later, the 234-foot vessel rolled over as the helmsman turned into the…

Crewmember hurt when N.J. ferry grounds in East River

A high-speed catamaran ferry experienced an unspecified mechanical issue in New York City’s East River before running aground in a Brooklyn inlet. The 150-foot Seastreak Commodore had 118 passengers and seven crew on board when it grounded in Bushwick Inlet in Brooklyn…

Golden Ray salvage resumes after wreckage catches fire

Salvage work has resumed near Brunswick, Ga., following a fire inside the Golden Ray wreck that burned for roughly seven hours. Workers noticed smoke emanating from the capsized vehicle carrier around noon on May 14. At the time, crews…

Bulker leaves channel, grounds near entrance to North Carolina port

A foreign-flagged bulk carrier loaded with agricultural products ran aground near Morehead City, N.C., and it required help from multiple tugboats to refloat.  The 590-foot Kite Bay became stuck May 25 at about 0700 on the sandy bottom in Beaufort Inlet. The vessel grounded completely outside…

Maritime Casualty News July 2021

Gasoline spills following South Texas barge collision  Gasoline spilled into the shipping channel near Port Isabel, Texas, following a collision between two barges in the Port Isabel Turning Basin.  According to the Coast Guard, an unidentified barge pushed by the…

Grounded riverboat American Jazz freed in Kentucky

(CADIZ, Ky.) — The Lake Barkley Grounding Unified Command freed the grounded riverboat American Jazz on Friday from Lake Barkley in Cadiz. At 3:22 p.m., salvage crews and the riverboat crew were able to free the vessel by using a…

Salvage crews raise bow section of SEACOR Power

(NEW ORLEANS) — A Donjon-SMIT salvage team raised the bow section of the liftboat SEACOR Power to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and transported it by barge Saturday to Modern American Recycling Services (MARS) in Houma, La. The…

American Cruise Lines boat runs aground in Cumberland River

(CANTON, Ky.) — The U.S. Coast Guard responded Thursday to the aground cruise vessel American Jazz in the Cumberland River near Canton, Ky. American Jazz is aground near mile marker 62 (Lake Barkley) outside the ship channel and is carrying…

Barge spills fuel after collision near Texas port

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a gasoline spill near Port Isabel, Texas, on Saturday after a collision between two barges. A barge pushed by the towboat Albert reportedly hit a tow guided by the towboat…

Engine room fire forces cargo ship back to Port of Wilmington

(WILMINGTON, Del.) — The U.S. Coast Guard, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Wilmington Fire Department and New Castle Fire Department responded to a fire aboard a Dole containerized fruit carrier at the Port of Wilmington late Monday…

Maritime Casualty News June 2021

Vessel stolen from Seattle wharf  A small vessel owned by Argosy Cruises was stolen from a Seattle wharf by someone who claimed there were explosives on board and made veiled threats against local ferry lines. Authorities boarded the vessel in…

Severe weather led to barge breakaway, damage to Texas bridge

(WASHINGTON) — Severe rainfall and flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda led to barges breaking away from their moorings and striking the Interstate 10 bridge in Channelview, Texas, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in Marine Accident Brief 21/14 released…

Runaway barge hits spillway, closes Stennis Lock on Tenn-Tom

(COLUMBUS, Miss.) — A barge accident early Thursday morning closed the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus, increasing the potential of flooding between the lock and Aberdeen Lock on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (Tenn-Tom), the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal…

Passengers evacuated after Seastreak ferry grounds in NYC

(NEW YORK) — U.S. Coast Guard, New York City Fire Department (FDNY), and New York City Police Department (NYPD) crews responded to a ferry aground with 118 passengers and seven crewmembers aboard in Bushwick Inlet in Brooklyn, N.Y, on Saturday…