Casualty News

Eight crew killed by steam-boiler explosion aboard Norway

A steam-boiler explosion aboard the 1,035-foot SS Norway claimed eight lives and injured 19 on May 25. The incident occurred while the ship was docked in the Port of Miami after having just completed a weeklong Caribbean cruise. There were…

Barge Spills fuel oil on approach to Cape Cod Canal

A barge being towed by a tug spilled an estimated 928 barrels of No. 6 fuel oil in Massachusetts' Buzzards Bay on April 27. The tug Evening Tide was headed north with the 376-foot barge Bouchard-120 on a 1,000-foot towline…

Fisherman dies after being struck by tug and barges

A tug pushing three asphalt barges struck and killed a 73-year-old fisherman in a 14-foot outboard motorboat on the Tennessee River near Mile 102. The accident occurred at 0930 on June 5 as Wayne Day and a companion, Jimmy Bratcher,…

Containership dragons anchor, runs aground off South Africa.

A U.S.-flagged containership, Sea-Land Express, dragged anchor and grounded on a beach near Cape Town, South Africa, despite warnings from Cape Town Port Control that it was in trouble, according to a South African official. Sea-Land Express, a 32,926-dwt containership…

Shifting cargo kills crewman during unloading operation.

The boatswain of a Ukrainian bulk carrier was killed when the cargo of gypsum rock shifted in the ship's hold, burying him alive. MV Pioneer was unloading at the Sprague Energy Terminal in Newington, N.H., on Aug. 30, when the…

Oil barge is freed after running aground

A routine tow up the Oregon coast from Coos Bay to Portland almost turned into an environmental disaster when a Sause Brothers oil barge broke free from a Foss Maritime tug while entering the Columbia River on March 19. Millicoma…

Alaska ferry hits reef after deviating from planned route

Failure to observe a well-marked aid to navigation resulted in the grounding of an Alaska Marine Highway System ferry, the 235-foot LeConte, on May 10. The ferry was on a 76-mile route between Angoon and Sitka in southeast Alaska when…

Runaway dry dock narrowly misses NOAA research vessel

A dry dock berthed at the Signal International Pascagoula River repair yard in Mississippi broke loose in a windstorm on June 2 and hit a nearby wharf in the Port of Pascagoula, nearly colliding with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

Bulker breaks loose from its mooring

One of the most dramatic stories to emerge from the chaotic events surrounding Hurricane Katrina involved the efforts of the 107-foot tug Mariam Walmsley Cooper to bring under control the handysize bulk carrier Chios Beauty, which had broken loose from…

Strobe light of pilot who died was set to ‘off'

The strobe light carried by the Columbia River Bar pilot lost overboard in January did not activate when immersed because the switch was in the off position, the Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots said in its accident report. The report,…

Sail training vessel runs aground off California

A100-foot wood-hulled sail training vessel ran hard aground off the southern California coast in March, striking a submerged sandbar formed by recent storms. The vessel remained aground for several days, being pounded by heavy surf before salvors wrenched it free.…