Casualty News

Salvage crews free containership from Suez Canal

(ISMAILIA, Egypt) — Shipping was on the move again late on Monday in Egypt’s Suez Canal after a containership which had been blocking the busy waterway for almost a week was refloated, with more than 400 ships waiting to pass…

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…

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…

Icebreaking Milwaukee workboat takes on water, sinks

(MILWAUKEE,) — Port Milwaukee's oldest workboat, Harbor Seagull, began taking on water over the weekend and sank Monday morning, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. City officials called the sinking a "significant and unexpected mishap." No one was injured and port…

Two mariners die after tugboat capsizes off British Columbia

(KITIMAT, British Columbia) — Two mariners are dead and another one was rescued after a tugboat capsized southeast of Kitimat early Thursday morning, the Terrace Standard reported. A tugboat owned by Wainwright Marine Services in Prince Rupert was towing a…

NTSB: LPG carrier accident highlights distraction as safety issue

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a marine accident brief on its investigation into the accident involving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier Levant, which occurred on Dec. 15, 2019, at the Petrogas Ferndale Wharf in Ferndale,…

Bulker in winter lay-up catches fire at Bay Shipbuilding

(STURGEON BAY, Wis.) — Firefighters from around the area were at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding on Monday morning to put out a fire on a bulk carrier in winter lay-up, the Door County Daily News reported. The fire broke out at…

Former Alaska ferry raised from channel in Anacortes

(ANACORTES, Wash.) — M/V Chilkat, which came to rest on the bottom of the Guemes Channel during a windstorm two weeks ago, was lifted by a crane and placed onto a barge Wednesday afternoon, GoSkagit.com reported. The salvage drew a…