Casualty News

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…

Tow operator disputes NTSB findings after barge breach at lock

Federal investigators determined that crew inattention was the probable cause of a barge accident at the Jamie Whitten Lock and Dam on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway that spilled nearly 2,800 barrels of crude oil.  Savage Inland Marine, then the operator…

Maritime Casualty News May 2021

NTSB issues preliminary report into Seacor Power incident The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its preliminary findings into the fatal capsizing of the lift boat Seacor Power on April 13. The final report won’t be out for some…

SEACOR Power lowering its legs when it capsized, NTSB says

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published the preliminary report for its ongoing investigation of the fatal capsizing of the liftboat SEACOR Power on April 13 near Port Fourchon, La. Information in the report is preliminary and…

Containership towed to Oakland after engine room fire

(SAN FRANCISCO) — The unified command coordinated the safe transfer of a containership 35 miles west of Point Reyes, Calif., to the Port of Oakland on Monday. NYK Delphinus arrived at Oakland Terminal Berth 22 at approximately 7 p.m. Monday.…

Salvage crews start removing fuel from SEACOR Power

(HOUMA, La.) — Salvage crews started removing the fuel from SEACOR Power's fuel tanks Monday after spending the weekend arriving on scene and becoming familiar with the equipment approximately 7 miles off Port Fourchon, La. The liftboat capsized on April…