The National Transportation Safety Board issued Thursday four safety recommendations in its final investigation report of the fatal collision between the US Navy destroyer Fitzgerald and the container ship ACX Crystal. These include the need of training on collision regulations, as well as review and revision of bridge resource management training.
The National Transportation Safety Board scheduled a board meeting for Octοber 20 to consider the agency’s investigation of the fatal, September 2, 2019, fire aboard the dive boat Conception off Santa Cruz Island, California.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the collision between the bulk carrier Century Queen and the towing vessel Kaytlin Marie on the Lower Mississippi River off Louisiana, in June 2019. The investigation highlighted lack effective communications to confirm a passing arrangement as key cause of the collision.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the explosion and subsequent sinking of barge Alaganik in the Canal Passage, off Alaska in July 2019, which resulted in one fatality. The investigation identified ignition of gasoline vapor from a fuel cargo tank as key cause of the accident.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the contact of crane barge Mr Ervin, pushed by towing vessel Kristin Alexis, with Sunshine Bridge on the Lower Mississippi River, in October 2018. The investigation highlighted the incident was a result of poor voyage planning, lack of company oversight and watch turnover between the pilot and the Master.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the barge breakaway and contact with Webbers Falls Dam on the Arkansas River, in May 2019. The barge breakaway was attributed to the force of the river current which exceeded the capacity of the mooring wires.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the flooding and subsequent sinking of an unnamed deck barge and the moored towing vessels Chattie Sue Smith, Mary Fern, and Mary-R on Illinois River, in July 2019. The investigation highlighted issues regarding poor company oversight of inactive vessels.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the capsizing and sinking of the workboat MSRC 8-1, resulting in two fatalities while at Boothville Anchorage, Lower Mississippi River, in January 2019. The report highlighted an unforeseen risk associated with conducting the exercise in a strong current, although the company’s safety procedures and crew training were adequate.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the contact of the bulk carrier Dank Silver with a fender of the Sunshine Bridge in the Lower Mississippi River, in June 2019. The investigation identified the pilot’s decision to turn the vessel off the dock, instead of going upriver, as key cause of the accident.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the collision of two commercial fishing vessels in the Pacific Ocean, in June 2019, while pursuing the same school of tuna. The report highlighted that neither vessel followed international collision regulations.
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