NTSB: Owner's decision to delay repairs led to sinking of research vessel

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the probable cause of the sinking of Seaprobe, a Texas-based research vessel, was the owner's decision to delay making permanent repairs to the starboard exhaust trunk and covering six of the vessel’s freeing ports, leaving it susceptible to downflooding. The vessel sank in the Gulf of Mexico on Jan. 18, 2013.

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By Professional Mariner Staff