Lessons learned: NTSB’s Safer Seas Digest 2021

Golden Ray Capsize

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its Safer Seas Digest 2021, which highlights the most important lessons learned from marine investigations last year.

Safer Seas Digest 2021 details the lessons learned from 31 maritime tragedies involving capsizings, contact, collisions, fires, flooding and groundings. Among the investigations included in the report are the sinking of Scandies Rose, where five lives were lost, and the capsizing of Golden Ray, one of the most expensive marine accidents in history.

Golden Ray capsized and sank before dawn in late 2019 near Brunswick, Ga.
The vehicle carrier Golden Ray lies on its side in St. Simons Sound, Ga., on Sept. 9, 2019 after capsizing. Twenty mariners on board were rescued within hours of the rollover, but four others were trapped below the cargo decks. U.S. Coast Guard photo

While many NTSB recommendations call for regulatory action, passenger and fishing vessel associations, training centers and marine safety advocacy groups can share the circumstances of accidents we have investigated and promote awareness of NTSB recommendations. The agency encourages operators to take voluntary measures to improve safety on their vessels.

Access the Safer Seas Digest 2021 on ntsb.gov as well as a library of previous editions. This is the ninth year the NTSB has published a Safer Seas Digest.

Visit the Office of Marine Safety webpage to learn more about how it investigates major marine causalities upon the navigable waters of the U.S. and accidents involving U.S. flagged vessels worldwide.

– National Transportation Safety Board

By Rich Miller