Weakened hardware led to serious injuries during lifeboat drill

Weakened hardware led to serious injuries during lifeboat drill

(RICHMOND, British Columbia) — In its investigation report (M20P0353) released Tuesday, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that weakened hardware and an improperly secured lifeboat sling caused the accidental release of a free-fall lifeboat during a drill aboard the bulk carrier Blue Bosporus in British Columbia. On Dec. 1, 2020, while the crew on Blue Bosporus were carrying…
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Seven tugs aid boxship after Savannah River grounding

Seven tugs aid boxship after Savannah River grounding

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) — The U.S. Coast Guard established a safety zone around the containership Maersk Surabaya after it ran aground in the Savannah River near Fort Jackson on Tuesday. A Coast Guard Station Tybee Island 45-foot response boat-medium (RBM) crew enforced a 509-foot safety zone while seven tugboats repositioned the 1,091-foot vessel to the center of the shipping channel. No…
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Salvage crews complete tow of Spirit of Norfolk

Salvage crews complete tow of Spirit of Norfolk

(NORFOLK, Va.) — Spirit of Norfolk salvage crews completed the tow of the vessel to Colonna's Shipyard on Sunday morning, where the joint U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigation team will continue to work toward determining the cause of the fire that gutted the excursion boat on June 7. The unified command overseeing the response has stood…
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Excursion boat with 106 aboard evacuated after fire off Norfolk

Excursion boat with 106 aboard evacuated after fire off Norfolk

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — A unified command was established Tuesday evening in response to the fire aboard the excursion boat Spirit of Norfolk and continued with firefighting and salvage operations Wednesday. Spirit of Norfolk caught fire at about noon Tuesday near Naval Station Norfolk. Tugboats pushed the vessel to a mooring at the naval station to continue firefighting efforts and keep…
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Towboat grounds in Okeechobee Waterway, breaches hull

Towboat grounds in Okeechobee Waterway, breaches hull

(MIAMI) — U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Lake Worth and salvage company crews responded to a marine casualty Friday near Clewiston, Fla. The captain of a 46-foot towing vessel notified Coast Guard Sector Miami watch standers at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday that the vessel, Catherine, and deck barge Mobro 130 ran aground. The towboat sustained a hull breach, resulting…
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Two crew suffer chemical burns aboard cruise ship off Virginia

Two crew suffer chemical burns aboard cruise ship off Virginia

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced two crewmembers from a cruise ship approximately 69 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach on Wednesday. The cruise ship Celebrity Summit contacted the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center to get assistance for the crewmembers who were suffering from chemical burns and were in need of further medical care.…
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Overpressurization of fuel tank, engineer fatigue cited in towboat fire

Overpressurization of fuel tank, engineer fatigue cited in towboat fire

(WASHINGTON) — An engine room fire aboard a towing vessel was caused by overpressurization of the fuel day tank and a main engine fuel return system when a fatigued chief engineer inadvertently left the day tank overflow valves to the storage tanks closed, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in Marine Investigation Report 22/17, released Wednesday. On May 18,…
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Electrical fire destroys $3.9 million yacht in Gulf of Mexico

Electrical fire destroys $3.9 million yacht in Gulf of Mexico

(WASHINGTON) — An engine room fire aboard a yacht was likely caused by an electric source within the sound enclosure for the starboard generators, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Thursday. Marine Investigation Report 22/16 details the NTSB’s investigation of the March 16, 2021, engine room fire aboard the yacht La Dolce Vita while anchored near Marquesas Keys in…
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Disconnected fuel tubing led to engine room fire on boxship

Disconnected fuel tubing led to engine room fire on boxship

(WASHINGTON) — An incorrectly installed section of main engine fuel oil return tubing led to an engine room fire aboard a containership off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday. Marine Investigation Report 22/15 details the NTSB’s investigation of the April 28, 2021, fire aboard the containership President Eisenhower while transiting through the…
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