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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
NTSB investigators on the cargo vessel Dali, which struck and collapsed the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, 2024. (Photo: Peter Knudson/NTSB)

NTSB Chair Homendy Provides Update on DALI-Francis Scott Key Bridge Investigation

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Jennifer Homendy has provided an update on the board’s ongoing investigation into the M/V Dali incident and

April 10, 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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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 31, 2024
seacor power capsized

NTSB Urges Use of Personal Locator Devices to Boost Safety for Mariners

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a safety alert advising vessel owners and operators to equip each crewmember with a personal locator

January 31, 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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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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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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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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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, 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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Friday, September 8, 2023
The towing vessel Karen Koby and crane barge Ambition are pictured before the capsizing and sinking. Source: LA Carriers and Rigid Constructors via NTSB

NTSB: Lack of Hull Inspection and Maintenance Caused Crane Barge to Capsize and Sink

The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the capsizing and sinking of the crane barge Ambition in the Gulf of Mexico was caused by the

September 8, 2023
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Thursday, August 31, 2023
The commercial dive boat Conception at sunrise prior to sinking, September 2, 2019. (Source: Ventura County Fire Department)

NTSB Urges Coast Guard to Act on Passenger Vessel Safety Recommendation

The National Transportation Safety Board is renewing its call for the U.S. Coast Guard to strengthen passenger vessel safety in response to 2019 fire aboard

August 31, 2023
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Thursday, August 17, 2023
Damage to the M/V AP Revelin's port quarter. Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

False Alarm Led to Propulsion Loss and Collision Between Cargo Ships in Sabine Pass

A collision between two cargo ships near Port Arthur, Texas last year was caused by a loss of propulsion resulting from a false alarm, the National

August 17, 2023
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Wednesday, July 26, 2023
The George M after the collision

Excessive Speed Caused Tug and Containership Collision in Houston Ship Channel -NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found that excessive speed during a harbor-assist maneuver caused a tugboat to collide with a containership

July 26, 2023
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Wednesday, July 12, 2023
NTSB Report Highlights the Peril of Doubler-Plated Hull Repairs

NTSB Report Highlights the Peril of Doubler-Plated Hull Repairs

The use of doubler plating in the repair of an uninspected fishing vessel’s hull eventually led to its sinking off Gloucester, Massachusetts, last year.

July 12, 2023
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