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Accident Reports

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

Thursday, May 23, 2024
Barges IN995423 and IB1938 against the lower dam gates. IB1913 is receiving methanol from IB1938 through a cargo transfer hose. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Barge Tow Hits Mooring on Ohio River During High Water Conditions: NTSB Report

A barge tow pilot failed to adjust for an intense outdraft current, leading to a collision on the Ohio River during high-water conditions in 2023, according to

May 23, 2024
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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Editorial credit: Sheila Fitzgerald /

Containership Loses Propulsion Due to Cracked Propeller Blade

A crack in a propeller blade of a Matson containership led to a loss of hyrdraulic oil and propulsion while transiting the Pacific Ocean, the National

May 21, 2024
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Thursday, May 9, 2024
Fire on ‘Kodiak Enterprise’ Triggers Calls for Improved Onboard Safety Systems

Fire on ‘Kodiak Enterprise’ Triggers Calls for Improved Onboard Safety Systems

A six-day inferno aboard the Kodiak Enterprise, which broke out in the dry stores room, was made worse due inadquate fire notifications that led to a delay in

May 9, 2024
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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Bow Triumph at the Odfjell Terminal in Charleston on September 8, 2022, showing damage to the vessel’s starboard side. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Pilot Error Led to Major Tanker Accident at South Carolina Naval Base

A navigation error by a pilot led to a 600-foot-long tanker striking a pier at the Joint Base Charleston’s Naval Weapons Station in South Carolina, the

April 30, 2024
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Friday, April 26, 2024
The overturned hull of the WB Wood with its port pontoon on the left and the starboard pontoon on the right the morning after the capsizing. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Lack of Safety Checks Leads to Dredger Capsize on Mississippi River, NTSB Reports

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Thursday that the capsizing of a dredging vessel on the Mississippi River last year was due to the

April 26, 2024
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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

April 23, 2024
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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
Total Views: 8768

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
Total Views: 3964

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
Total Views: 4503


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