No one was injured and an undetermined amount of oil was released
TheNational Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued aMarine Accident Brief on thesinking of towing vessel Jim Marko.
About 1200 on Tuesday, July 1, the uninspected towing vessel Jim Marko sank at mile marker 181.6 on the Upper Mississippi River, near St. Louis, Missouri. At the time, the vessel was transiting upriver with a crew of four to a barge fleeting area near Venice, Illinois, immediately northeast across the river from St. Louis.
No one was injured in the accident; however, the sinking resulted in damage exceeding the insured value of the vessel, and an undetermined amount of oil was released into the river.
Salvage costs were $290,500 and repairs were estimated to exceed the Jim Markos reported insured value of $800,000. Rather than repair the damaged vessel, Osage Marine Services sold it. The salvage report indicated that about 2,500 gallons of fuel/water mixture were recovered from the vessels fuel tanks.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of towing vessel Jim Marko was the captain’s decision to continue operations with a known hull breach in the vicinity of the vessel’s waterline. Contributing to the rapid sinking was a lack of watertight integrity due to watertight doors on the main deck left open while under way.
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