A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Venice, Louisiana, monitors the location of a passenger vessel that caught fire in Chandeleur Sound, Louisiana, October 8, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

NTSB Reports on Maritime Lessons Learned in 2019

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December 10, 2020

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board released a report today highlighting the most important lessons learned from marine accident investigations completed during calendar year 2019.

The Safer Seas Digest 2019 details the lessons learned from 30 maritime accidents involving incidents of contact with fixed objects, breakaways, sinking, collisions, fires, explosions, flooding, groundings and other type of damage. It also covers tragedies such as the loss of 17 passengers and crew aboard the amphibious vessel Stretch Duck 7 and the 10 sailors serving aboard the USS John S McCain when it collided with the tanker Alnic MC.

“We investigate accidents not to document what happened, but to understand why and how, so that we might prevent similar accidents from happening,’’ said NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt. “The Safer Seas Digest distills the most important lessons from each tragedy so mariners can use the information to save lives.’’

In his forward, Sumwalt said it is up to the marine industry and its regulators in the U.S. Coast Guard to act on NTSB recommendations to improve marine safety.

“In recent years, the loss of the cargo vessel El Faro resulted in sweeping recommendations, especially to oceangoing shipping. Next year we will include the outcome of the fire aboard the dive boat Conception, which might be similarly influential in the world of small passenger vessels,” said Sumwalt.

The NTSB’s report titled Safer Seas Digest 2019 can be found here

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