Maritime Casualty Newsletter

November 2021 Casualties newsletter

Second ship identified in Calif. pipeline strike U.S. Coast Guard officials investigating damage to a California oil pipeline have identified a second ship that might have been involved. Authorities boarded the 1,150-foot containership Beijing on Nov. 18 when it arrived…

Maritime Casualty News October 2021

Severe weather can emerge rapidly, Coast Guard warns The U.S. Coast Guard is warning mariners to exercise vigilance against severe weather, particularly strong storms that can emerge suddenly. The agency issued a safety alert spurred by a series of serious…

Maritime Casualty News September 2021

Unattended candles blamed in Fla. megayacht fire Candles lit and left unattended in a yacht’s VIP suite caused a fire that resulted in the total loss of the $6.3 million vessel and $480,000 in damage to a Miami marina and…

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…

Maritime Casualty News July 2021

Gasoline spills following South Texas barge collision  Gasoline spilled into the shipping channel near Port Isabel, Texas, following a collision between two barges in the Port Isabel Turning Basin.  According to the Coast Guard, an unidentified barge pushed by the…

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…

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…

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…

Professional Mariner's Casualty Newsletter for March 2021

Containership runs aground in Suez Canal, blocking traffic Assist tugboats and salvage crews are working to remove the Panama-flagged containership Ever Given that grounded Tuesday in the Suez Canal. The 1,312-foot, 20,000-TEU ship was bound for Rotterdam, Netherlands when it…

Casualty News February 2021

Historic workboat sinks on Milwaukee waterfront A historic Lake Michigan workboat took on water and sank on the morning of Feb. 21 in Milwaukee. City authorities told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Harbor Seagull likely started taking on water that…

Casualty Newsletter January 2021

Maersk containership loses 750 containers in Pacific The containership Maersk Essen has diverted to Mexico after losing about 750 40-foot containers in the Pacific Ocean. The 13,100-TEU vessel was sailing from Xiamen, China to Los Angeles when it encountered heavy…

Casualty News December 2020

NTSB details lessons learned in new Safer Seas Digest The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its annual report highlighting lessons learned from maritime accident investigations. Safer Seas Digest 2019, released earlier this month, contains key details from notable…

Maritime Casualty News November 2020

Coast Guard recommends action for safer pilot transfers The U.S. Coast Guard is urging shipowners and vessel operators to follow international regulations for pilot transfer arrangements in an effort to improve overall safety. In a marine safety information bulletin (MSIB)…