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…