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No crew was awake when dive boat caught fire, NTSB report states

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) launched its preliminary report into the circumstances regarding the fire on board the dive boat Conception, which eventually sank on September 2 off Santa Cruz Island. 34 people died, making the incident one of the deadliest civilian marine casualties in recent US history.

Charging station possibly ignited the fire at Conception fatality

Following the fatal accident of the Conception, the commercial diving vessel with 39 people aboard, the NTSB conducted a questioning for the five crewmembers who survived to find the initial causes of the fatality. The initial dive search found the remains of 33 out of 34 missing from the boat and now the officials are using DNA analysis to determine the identities of the victims. 

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. 

Lessons learned: Vessels fail to prevent collision

The National Transportation Safety Board issued an investigation report on the collision of two fishing vessels and the subsequent sinking of one vessel in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2018. The report identified issues related to poor lookout and inappropriate actions to avoid the collision. 

Leaking lube oil from diesel generator causes fire on fishing vessel

The National Transportation Safety Board issued an investigation report on the fire and subsequent sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Master D’ in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018. The report identified leaking lube oil from the diesel generator as key cause of the fire. 

Leaking lube oil led to fire at fishing vessel

On August 31, 2018, the fishing vessel Master D was transiting with three crewmembers in the Gulf of Mexico 45 miles southeast of South Padre Island, Texas, when a fire in the engine room erupted. After unsuccessfully trying to extinguish the fire, the crew abandoned the vessel without injury. The fire continued to burn until the vessel sank the next day. An oil sheen of around 400 yards by 1 mile was visible in the water after the sinking. The estimated property damage was more than $162,000, the NTSB report notes.

NTSB: Updated list of safety recommendations

The US National Transportation Safety Board published an updated list of the safety recommendations associated with the agency’s 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, following the recent closure of eight safety recommendations.

NTSB confirms poor oversight over USS John S McCain collision

Insufficient training, inadequate bridge operating procedures and a lack of operational oversight were the key causes of the fatal collision between the USS John S McCain and the tanker Alnic MC in August 2017, the official report by the US National Transportation Safety Board revealed. 

Dredger fire in Texas: Crew was not informed of utilities in the area

The US NTSB issued an investigation report on the explosion and fire involving the dredger ‘Jonathon King Boyd’ and its towboat ‘Bayou Chevron’ in Matagorda Bay, in April 2018. The report highlighted the company’s failure to inform the crew about utilities in the area due to ineffective oversight. 

Exceeding planned weight causes crane boom failure

The US NTSB issued an investigation report on the boom failure aboard the crane barge ‘Atlantic Giant II’ while at the Brownsville Ship Channel, Texas, causing three injuries. The investigation found that the lift exceeded the planned weight, identifying also a lack of risk assessments.


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