Coast Guard aids OSV taking on water off Puerto Rico

Coast Guard aids OSV taking on water off Puerto Rico

(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — The crew of a Coast Guard helicopter assisted the cargo vessel Sea Falcon as it was taking on water Saturday in the Caribbean Sea approximately 22 nautical miles south of Puerto Rico. Sea Falcon, a Vanuatu-flagged 121-foot offshore supply vessel (OSV), was transiting to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, with four people aboard while transporting two…
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Two missing after sailing cargo ship sinks in Bahamas

Two missing after sailing cargo ship sinks in Bahamas

(MIAMI) – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday evening for two missing mariners approximately 20 miles north of Great Inagua in the Bahamas. Rescue crews searched by air and sea for approximately 44 combined hours since the initial report and covered more than 3,700 square miles. Early Tuesday morning, Coast Guard Atlantic Area watch standers received distress notifications…
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NTSB cites outdraft above dam in Ohio River tow strike

NTSB cites outdraft above dam in Ohio River tow strike

(WASHINGTON) — A barge tow struck a mooring cell on the Ohio River last year after encountering a strong outdraft current above the McAlpine Dam during high-water conditions, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Thursday. The towing vessel Queen City was transiting the Ohio River with 11 barges in tow when the tow struck the Vane Dike at the…
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Former cruise ship sinks at California mooring, discharges oil

Former cruise ship sinks at California mooring, discharges oil

(SAN FRANCISCO) — A Unified Command with representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response and the city of Stockton has been formed to respond to a sinking vessel in Little Potato Slough near Stockton. A report to the California Office of Emergency Services on Wednesday indicated Aurora, a non-operational…
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Flawed propeller blade leads to loss of propulsion on boxship

Flawed propeller blade leads to loss of propulsion on boxship

(WASHINGTON) — A containership’s propeller blade cracked, leading to a loss of hydraulic oil and propulsion while transiting the Pacific Ocean, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday. The investigation found a blade on the vessel’s controllable-pitch propeller system did not meet manufacturer design specifications. The containership Maunalei was traveling to Portland, Ore., from Anchorage, Alaska on Aug. 11,…
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Barge removed, Galveston bridge reopens after allision

Barge removed, Galveston bridge reopens after allision

(GALVESTON, Texas) — The Unified Command, consisting of Martin Marine, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Texas General Land Office, continues to respond to the incident that occurred Wednesday when a Martin Marine-owned barge struck the Pelican Island Bridge. On Friday, T&T Group personnel successfully removed the barge from the bridge. The barge is secured, and no additional oil discharged…
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Barge strike in Galveston causes oil spill, bridge closure

Barge strike in Galveston causes oil spill, bridge closure

(HOUSTON) — A barge carrying petroleum products struck a bridge in Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday morning, resulting in a spill and causing Pelican Island to be inaccessible to vehicle traffic, Houston Public Media reported. No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident, which was reported to Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers at 9:48 a.m. The impact…
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Undetected flooding from pipe led to capsizing of dredger

Undetected flooding from pipe led to capsizing of dredger

(WASHINGTON) — A company’s lack of requirements for crew to regularly check below-deck compartments led to undetected flooding and the eventual capsizing of a dredging vessel last year on the Mississippi River, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Thursday. The non-propelled dredging vessel WB Wood capsized on the early morning of Jan. 16, 2023, during dredging operations. Before the…
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