Tug sinks in Bellingham marina, Port Townsend

US Coast Guard pollution responders informed that they are responding to a report of a tug that sank at the Port Orchard Railway Marina in Port Townsend, Washington, on Monday July 29. 250 gallons of red dye diesel fuel and hydraulic oil have been recovered.

Traffic in Houston Ship Channel returns to normal operations

The Unified Command, including the US Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, Port of Houston Fire Department and Kirby Inland Marine, have successfully removed two barges involved in a collision from the Houston Ship Channel, on May 15. The Captain of the Port of Houston-Galveston has opened the Houston Ship Channel without restrictions and vessel traffic has returned to normal operations.

Restrictions in navigation at Houston Ship Channel possible to continue all week

The Houston Ship Channel could remain under one-way travel restrictions for all this week after a collision took place between a deep-draft ship and a barge. Because of the collision, petrochemicals were spilled into the waterway. The damaged barges are located in a heavily trafficked area of the channel, affecting everyone.

Spill reported after tanker collides with barges in Houston Ship Channel

A tanker collided with a tug pushing two barges on May 10, leading to the closure of the Houston Ship Channel. According to the US Coast Guard an unknown amount of product has been spilled from the barges, with sources reporting that the amount is about 9,000 barrels. USCG added that there were no injuries.

Unsecured hatch, non-functioning life vest lead to fatal accident

British Columbia’s workplace safety regulator, WorkSafeBC, finished its investigation on the fatal tug accident that took place at a sawmill on Okanagan Lake in 2017. According to the agency, an engine compartment hatch was unsecured, the person who lost its life was using a non-functioning inflatable life vest, while alcohol was also present on board the ship.

USCG keeps responding to tug and barge accident on the Ohio River

The Coast  Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Towing Company, the responsible party, continue to answer for a tug and barge accident that took place to the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky on January 2. The cause of the incident remains unknown and is still under investigation. USCG opened the Ohio River to vessel passing from Twelve Mile Island to McAlpine Lock and Dam. However, traffic is only permitted during daylight hours.

Fatigue causes barge’s sinking and marine oil spill

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada issued an investigation report on the grounding of articulated tug-barge composed of the tug’ Nathan E. Stewart’ and the tank barge ‘DBL 55’, resulting in the barge’s sinking and an oil discharge into the water. The report indicated fatigue as the key cause of the accident. 

Gallery: Tanker and tug near grounding after towing fails

On the evening hours of 4 May, the tug ‘AHT Carrier’ was towing the tanker ‘Order’ off South Africa, when her tow line parted and fouled her propeller. The tugboat was unable to recover the tow rope to reattach a towline to the tanker and both vessels began to drift towards shore, according to NSRI.


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