Casualty News

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…

Strong current pins tow to railroad bridge over Tennessee River

A towboat pushing eight loaded barges up the Tennessee River ran into fast-moving current that stopped the tow’s forward progress and pinned it against a railroad bridge.   The 76-foot Bearcat was passing under the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge at mile…

Containership disabled after fire, towed back to Los Angeles

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — The U.S. Coast Guard reported a fire aboard the containership President Eisenhower on Wednesday off the coast of Santa Barbara, with the ship later under tow to port after the flames were extinguished. The 965-foot ship…

Vehicle carrier grounds near Chesapeake Bay anchorage

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — Members from Coast Guard Sector Virginia responded to and assessed the condition of a 760-foot vessel that ran aground Tuesday and is now safely anchored in Chesapeake Bay. The cause of the grounding is under investigation. No…

NTSB traces bulker's pier strike at Soo Locks to small screw

(WASHINGTON) — The incorrect installation of a single set screw led to the loss of propulsion control on the Canadian-flagged, 736-foot Atlantic Huron, causing the ship to strike a pier at 6.8 knots, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said…

Casualty News April 2021

Five dead, eight missing after liftboat capsizes near Port Fourchon Five people died and eight are missing after a liftboat capsized south of Port Fourchon, La., in heavy weather while transiting to an offshore platform. Six people from SEACOR Power…

NTSB: Poor loading led to loss of 21 containers off Hawaii

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that an improperly loaded barge resulted in the loss of 21 cargo containers into the ocean off the coast of Hawaii last year. The June 22, 2020 accident, 6.9 nautical…

Coast Guards suspends search for SEACOR Power mariners

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday for the remaining eight missing crewmembers from the liftboat SEACOR Power, 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, La. Coast Guard boat and air crews, local agency crews and good Samaritans…