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gCaptain’s full coverage of official casualty reporting in maritime, offshore and shipping.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Joanne Marie listing at the shipyard on the morning of June 25, 2023. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Vessel Flooded Due to Obstructed Check Valve, Says NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says that an obstructed check valve on a bilge pump was the root cause behind the flooding and partial sinking

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Top: Susan K after the contact. Bottom: Susan K tow arrangement and cargoes, with outlines indicating barges damaged or sunk in the casualty. Credit: NTSB

Captain’s Complacency Led to Bridge Strike on Mississippi River

An accident involving a towing vessel striking the Natchez-Vidalia Bridge on the Mississippi River last year has been attributed to the complacency of a

April 2, 2024
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Thursday, March 28, 2024
Viking Sky in distress

Norway Releases Report on ‘Viking Sky’ Propulsion Loss and Near-Grounding

By Malte Humpert (gCaptain) – The Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority (NSIA) released its report on the loss of propulsion and near-grounding of

March 28, 2024
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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Damage to Mark E Kuebler stern hull and fendering system from the Nisalah propeller. (Source: NTSB)

NTSB Reveals Cause of Tug and Tanker Collision in Corpus Christi Ship Channel

National Transportation Safety Board says speed and hydrodynamic forces played a role in a collision between a tugboat and a tanker in the Corpus Christi Ship

March 5, 2024
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Thursday, February 15, 2024
Hotspur pictured earlier in Ketchikan, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

NTSB Report: Flooding and Non-Operational Alarms Led to Fishing Vessel Loss

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded that the likely cause of the capsizing and sinking of the fishing vessel Hotspur near Nunez

February 15, 2024
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Thursday, February 8, 2024
Big D (top) and Carol McManus (bottom) pictured before the collision. (Source: Florida Marine Transporters (top), Ingram Barge Company (bottom))

Critical Communication Error Leads to Tow Collision Mississippi River

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has identified a critical error in communication as the cause of a collision between two tows in the

February 8, 2024
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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Carib Trader II precasualty. (Source: Gordon Dalzell, via NTSB)

NTSB Investigation Reveals Probable Cause of ‘Carib Trader II’ Sinking

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its investigation report into the sinking of the Carib Trader II during a dead ship tow from the

February 7, 2024
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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
The L/B Robert listing to port as seen on November 21, 2022. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Gulf of Mexico Liftboat Accident Underscores Weather-Related Risks

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday issued its report into the listing of an elevated liftboat caused by storm with gale-force winds and high

January 10, 2024
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Wednesday, January 3, 2024
The Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescued 13 people from the 115-foot fishing vessel, Tremont, Oct. 28, 2022 after the fishing vessel and a containership reportedly collided 63 miles southeast of Chincoteague, Virginia. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City

Collision Between Containership and Fishing Vessel Highlights Lack of Proper Lookout

A fishing vessel mate’s failure to maintain a proper lookout and conducting maintenance on critical equipment while underway led to his vessel’s

January 3, 2024
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Wednesday, December 13, 2023
M/V Thorco Basilisk pictured underway before the equipment failure. (Source: VesselFinder via NTSB)

Undetected Corrosion and Wear Lead to Equipment Failure on Cargo Ship -NTSB

A recent incident involving a cargo ship in Houston has brought attention to the importance of regular maintenance and inspection of equipment. According to

December 13, 2023
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Monday, December 11, 2023
Containers are seen at Yantian port in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China July 4, 2019. Picture taken July 4, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

Storm in China Should Serve as Wakeup Call for Climate Risk

By Katy Daigle and Simon Jessop DUBAI, Dec 12 (Reuters) – As Typhoon Doksuri aimed toward mainland China, major southeast ports were

December 11, 2023
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Wednesday, December 6, 2023
The container ship MSC Danit is seen the day after U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) marine casualty investigators boarded the container ship, off the Port of Long Beach, California, U.S. October 17, 2021. REUTERS/David Swanson

NTSB Recommends Changes Following 2021 Oil Spill Off Southern California Coast

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended new alarms and procedures for pipeline incursions and a change to an anchorage following an oil

December 6, 2023
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Friday, December 1, 2023
Photo shows damage to the BBC Marmara's bow while in dry dock. Photo courtesy MAIB

BBC Marmara Grounding: Investigation Report Reveals Alcohol Consumption as Contributing Factor

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has released its accident investigation report on the grounding of the cargo vessel BBC Marmara. The incident

December 1, 2023
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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Tank vessel Endo Breeze underway after the fire. (Source: Martine Klingsick,

Maintenance Error Causes Engine Room Fire on Tanker

An engine room fire aboard a Maltese-flagged tanker last year that resulted in $1.2 million in damages was caused by a maintenance error, according to the

November 30, 2023
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Friday, November 24, 2023
mpv everest fire investigation

Fire on ‘MPV Everest’ Highlights Risks of Operating in Remote, Harsh Environments

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its report into a 2021 fire on board a multi-purpose vessel chartered by the Australian Antarctic

November 24, 2023
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Thursday, November 9, 2023
S-Trust at anchor following the casualty. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Thermal Runaway of Lithium-Ion Battery Destroys Tanker’s Bridge

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Thursday said that a fire on an oil tanker last year was caused by the thermal runaway of a cell within a

November 9, 2023
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Friday, November 3, 2023
polar research ship rrs sir david Attenborough

MAIB Report Reveals Maintenance Failures in Lifeboat Drill Accident on New Polar Research Vessel

An investigation into a lifeboat drill accident on board the UK government’s state-of-the-art polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough has

November 3, 2023
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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
NTSB Recommends Engine-Room Fire Systems on Small Passenger Vessels

NTSB Recommends Engine-Room Fire Systems on Small Passenger Vessels

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued recommendations for the installation of engine-room fire detection and fixed fire extinguishing

October 24, 2023
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Thursday, October 12, 2023
Investigation Finds Master Asleep at the Wheel in Washington State Ferry Accident

Investigation Finds Master Asleep at the Wheel in Washington State Ferry Accident

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board say the captain of the Washington State Ferry Cathlamet likely suffered from a bout of microsleep

October 12, 2023
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
CC Portland underway before the grounding. Source: via NTSB

NTSB Urges Speed Limits for ASD Tugs During Harbor-Assist Maneuvers

The National Transportation Safety Board is encouraging owners and operators of azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tugs to set speed limits during certain

September 21, 2023
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