Casualty News

Poor communication, stuck anchor cited in BC bulker allision

The loaded bulk carrier Caravos Harmony approached an anchorage in Vancouver Harbor, British Columbia, when currents began pushing the vessel to port, directly toward a ship already at anchor.  The pilot aboard Caravos Harmony gave engine and rudder orders…

Severe winds from downburst cited in NOLA boxship breakaway

(WASHINGTON) — Severe unforecasted winds caused a containership to break away from a pier and damage equipment at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal in New Orleans on Aug. 2, 2020, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s Marine Accident Brief…

NTSB: Inaccurate stability calculations caused Golden Ray to capsize

(WASHINGTON) — Inaccurate stability calculations caused the capsizing of the vehicle carrier Golden Ray that resulted in $200 million in damage, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday. The marine accident report details the NTSB’s investigation of the Sept.…

Salvage crews work to free riverboat stuck in Kentucky lake

A small cruise ship carrying 120 passengers and 49 crewmembers ran aground in the Cumberland River near Canton, Ky., and remained stuck for more than a week.   The 269-by-69-foot American Jazz grounded on a sandbar outside the navigation channel…

NTSB cites inaccurate tow size data in fatal Lower Miss. collision

(WASHINGTON) — The lack of accurate tow size information and two pilots’ insufficient radio communication led to a fatal collision between two towing vessels on the Lower Mississippi River near Destrehan, La., according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)…

Maritime Casualty News August 2021

NTSB releases latest Safer Seas Digest The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its most recent Safer Seas Digest offering key insights and lessons from major maritime casualties. The 2020 report covers 42 maritime incidents from last year that…

Conception fire among accidents analyzed in Safer Seas Digest 2020

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released the Safer Seas Digest 2020, a compendium of the agency’s maritime accident investigations involving loss of life, injuries and significant property damage completed in 2020. Safer Seas Digest 2020 details…

One dead after tour boat capsizes in Texas lake

(CONROE, Texas) — One man died and another person was injured after a double-deck tour boat capsized during a thunderstorm Saturday night on Lake Conroe, CNN reported. The sternwheeler Lake Conroe Queen capsized at 8:12 p.m with 53 people on…

Dredge barge capsizes at Charleston marina

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — The U.S. Coast Guard and state and local port partners are responding to the 120-foot dredge barge Capt. Leo II that capsized in the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina on Wednesday. The dredge barge has a reported…

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…