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Passenger ship hits moored sailboats due to mechanical problem

The passenger vessel ‘Odyssey’ experienced mechanical failure as it was off Rowe’s Wharf in Boston Harbor, on Thursday, June 21. As a result, the boat hit six sailboats in the mooring field. The incident took place while the ‘Odyssey’ was getting underway for a harbor cruise with 328 passengers onboard.

US Navy drops negligent homicide charges for USS Fitzgerald accident

Ship commander Cmdr. Bryce Benson and Lt. Natalie Combs will face charges of negligent hazarding a vessel and dereliction of duty resulting in death at general courts-martial. Lt. Irian Woodley, who was on duty with Combs, will likely be separated from the Navy after a board of inquiry.

VLOC collides with containership at Kaohsiung port

Very Large Ore Carrier ‘China Steel Innovator’ collided with the stern of the berthed containership ‘Ever Laden’ on June 19, while it was maneuvering at Kaohsiung Port, Taiwan, upon arriving from Australia, carrying ore cargo. Both ships sustained damages, but no injuries were reported.

Vessels collide because of improper lookout

ATSB published a report about the collision between the container ship ‘Glasgow Express’ and the fishing vessel ‘Mako.’ The incident took place on 12 August 2017, 15 nautical miles south of Cape Woolamai, Victoria. The ATSB reported that a proper lookout by ‘all available means’ was not being maintained on neither vessel.

11 die after collision on Volga river, Captain found drunk

Eleven people died following collision of a catamaran with a cargo barge in the Volga river, about 250 meters from the riverbank, on Monday evening. Five people were rescued, three of whom were hospitalized. Violation of catamaran maneuvering rules due to intoxication is considered the key cause of the accident.

Improper lookout the cause of ships’ collision off Australia

On 23 June 2015, in daylight with clear visibility, ‘Jag Arnav’ and ‘Total Response’ collided about 26 NM north-west of Bunbury, Western Australia. Jag Arnav sustained minor damage and no injuries to the crew. The ATSB investigation identified the poor lookout and lack of alertness as key causes of the accident. 

Emergency Procedures: What if a ship collision happened? What needs to be done?

Since our Bridge Procedures Guide has been completed, a new series of articles is released; the “Emergency Procedure Guide”. These articles are meant to help and guide the officers and the crew on what to do in case of emergency situations, such as fire, injuries, groundings and collisions. Ship collision accidents is the focus theme to read about!

USS John S. McCain commanding officer pleads guilty to negligence

The former commanding officer of the warship USS John S. McCain, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, pleaded guilty to a single charge of negligence for his role in the incident. He was sentenced to a punitive letter of reprimand and forfeiture of $6,000 in pay. Alfredo J. Sanchez admitted he did not set the proper watch team for the busy shipping lane the ship was entering, or take proper action when the bridge crew lost control of the ship.

US Navy drops negligent homicide charges for USS McCain accident

The US Navy dropped its charge for negligent homicide against the former commanding officer of the warship “USS John S. McCain” that collided with a tanker near Singapore last summer. As a result of the accident 10 sailors lost their lives. The US Navy had informed that it would seek negligent homicide charges against Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez, who commanded John S. McCain.

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