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 towing vessel Leviticus with Plaquemine Point Shipyard, on the Lower Mississippi River, in March 2019. The report highlighted that the captain;s decision to continue the training of an apprentice mate in high-water conditions was key cause to the accident.
The US Coast Guard continues to investigate the loss of 21 containers from the barge Ho Omaka Hou and monitor response operations in Hawaii. The tug Hoku Loa reported loss of cargo from the barge as they transited from Honolulu to Hilo Harbor in the early morning of 22 June.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the contact of the crane barge U1510, pushed by the towing vessel Goose Creek, with overhead powerlines, while on the Elizabeth River, in June 2019. The report highlighted poor company oversight and lack of a towing safety management system.
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.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the contact of towing vessel Dewey R with CSX Railroad Bridge Protection Cell in Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, in April 2019. The report highlighted the pilot’s departure from the centerline of the channel as his visibility was reduced.
NTSB published its report on the recreational yacht Silver Lining. The yacht, on July 23, 2019, hit a submerged rock southwest of the Hood Canal Bridge in Hood Canal, Washington. The vessel sustained damage to the hull, propellers, and rudders, and took on water. The eight people on board safely departed the vessel.
NTSB published its report on the contact of Mary Lucy Lane Tow with Markland Locks and Workboat Gibson. The incident took place on December 18, 2018, on the Ohio River.
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