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Lessons Learned: Lack of “hot work” training results to vessel’s fire

The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) issued an accident report on a fire that took place on the fishing vessel “Jeanette” which at the time of the incident was pier side at the American Samoa Government (ASG) container facility in the Port of Pago Pago, Tutuila Island, American Samoa, with 18 crewmembers and one shoreside vessel representative on board.

USCG questioned over implementation of NTSB safety recommendations

In an official hearing on Commercial and Passenger Vessel Safety on Thursday, the head of NTSB’s Marine Safety Office critiqued the US Coast Guard’s willingness to bolster safety rules for passenger vessels, on the aftermath of three fatal incidents involving small vessels in US waters.

NTSB calls USCG to follow its recommendations on duck boat sinking

Based on fatal incident of the DUKW Amphibious Vessel, Stretch Duck 7, the NTSB issued Marine Safety Recommendation Report, calling the USCG to require sufficient buoyancy for DUKW amphibious passenger vessels and to require the removal of canopies, side curtains and their associated framing, while underway, for those without sufficient reserve buoyancy.

Master drinks alcohol, results to vessel hitting mooring dolphins

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an accident report according to which on December 30, 2018, the passenger vessel Nippon Maru struck mooring dolphins at a US Navy fuelling wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, revealing that the master had consumed alcohol before and after the accident. 

Liftboat overturns due to inadequate information about seafloor composition

The US National Transportation Safety Board published its report on the liftboat Ram XVIII, that overturned in the Gulf of Mexico, on November 18. Due to the incident, three personnel suffered minor injuries, while about 1,000 gallons of hydraulic oil were released. The vessel was declared a constructive total loss at an estimated $1,140,000.

Improperly secured manhole covers result to hopper barge sinking

The National Transportation Safety Board issued an accident report concerning a hopper barge that sank off Cape St. George, Florida, with a cargo of scrap metal. There was no pollution reported, while also none of the crewmembers were injured. The incident resulted to a $750,000 damage cost.

El Faro sinking: Poor seamanship in the spotlight

The sinking of the container ship ‘El Faro’ in October 2015, claimed the title of one of the biggest marine tragedies in the recent US history. The ship had sailed directly into the path of Hurricane Joaquin, with NTSB and USCG noting that the key cause of the accident was the Captain’s failure to handle the ship against the storm and make appropriate use of weather data. As a result, all those on board perished in the sinking.

NTSB: Lessons learned from maritime casualties in 2018

NTSB issued its ‘Safer Seas Digest’ annual report providing an overview of key lessons to be learned from the most major maritime casualties. Remote engine shutoffs and quick-closing valves, high-water/high-current conditions, and training for emergencies were some of the key safety issues in 2018.


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