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Watch: Factors and recovering methods for girding incidents

Between 2005 and 2018, the TSB received reports of 26 girding situations resulting in 21 capsizings. Girding occurs when a vessel is pulled broadside by a towline force and is unable to manoeuver out of this position. The TSB created this video to illustrate the factors leading to girding and the recovery methods.

Tug capsizes due to lack of training and oversight

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada discusses a capsize incident, where the George H Ledcor was towing another barge and resulted to the former’s capsize.The event resulted to a seriously injured crewmember and an unknown quantity of oil spill. 

3 fishermen rescued after ship capsizes off Egmont Key

A good Samaritan rescued three fishermen on September 18, after their boat capsized around 45 miles west of Egmont Key. They were later transported to Station St. Petersburg where they were released in good condition. A marine casualty investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the ship capsizing.

Salvage centre launched for Golden Ray carrier

The USCG launched a Unified Command and Joint Information Centre to be responsible for the salvage of the vehicle carrier ‘Golden Ray’, which capsized on Sunday, September 8. Their priorities are to ensure the safety of the public and responders, protect wildlife and the environment, ensure economical activities in the area of the incident are lightly affected and the eventual salvage and safe removal of the vessel.

Watch: Vehicle capsizes, four crewmembers missing

As the vehicle carrier ‘Golden Ray’ capsized in St. Simons Sound, Brunswick, Georgia, four of its crewmembers went missing; Thus, the USCG, along with the help of the vessel’s master and the chief engineer, are conducting search and rescue operations to stabilize the vessel and find the remaining crew.

149 passengers rescued from listing ship off Cebu

The Philippine Coast Guard rescued a total of 149 passengers and 18 crew members from the cargo ship ‘Mika Mari 8’, which listed heavily while at Port of Consuelo, Cebu, on Saturday. Four of the passengers suffered minor injuries and were brought to hospital as a result.

17 dead after ferry sinks off Cameroon

A ferry capsized off the Bakassi Peninsula of Cameroon’s southwestern coast on August 25th. Due to the capsizing, 17 bodies were recovered, as Bernard Okalia Bilai, governor of the Southwest region informed. Initial information was saying that the bodies were three, but on Monday and Tuesday fourteen more were discovered.

Poor stability assessment leads fishing vessel to capsize with one fatality

NTSB issued an investigation report on the capsizing of the fish tender ‘Pacific Knight’ off Alaska in July 2018. The investigation identified several contributing factors to the capsizing, including poor stability assessment by the captain, vessel modifications, overloading and slack water in tanks. 

Three capsized ferry boats result to 31 dead in the Philippines

The Philippines were struck by a fatal incident, after three passenger motorboats capsized off the city Iloilo, Panay, on Saturday, August 3. The capsized incident resulted to 31 of the passengers found dead, according to Iloilo city officials. 

MCIB investigation: Capsizing leads to fatality on River Suir

Ireland’s MCIB issued an investigation report on the fatality of a trainee kayak instructor during kayaking on the River Suir in November 2017. The report mentions that while the other kayakers saw their colleague capsize, they did not attempt going over the weir and assumed that he would exit the water safely.


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