Casualty Briefs – December/January 2021

Casualty Briefs – December/January 2021

Seamanship errors, fatigue cited in fatal collision of destroyer The 2017 collision of the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the containership ACX Crystal stemmed from failures by the Navy ship’s bridge team in the minutes leading to impact, federal investigators said. Seven American sailors were killed. Specifically, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Fitzgerald’s bridge crew failed “to take early and…
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Fatal dive boat fire attributed to operator’s oversight failures

Fatal dive boat fire attributed to operator’s oversight failures

Before dawn on Sept. 2, 2019, a crewman aboard the dive boat Conception awoke to a strange sound. He investigated and found the vessel’s salon compartment, one deck below, aglow with fire. He awoke four co-workers sleeping nearby, and together they attempted to reach the 34 people sleeping below deck. Flames and intense heat on the main deck made the…
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Key NTSB findings

• Most of the victims on Conception were awake but could not escape the bunk room before all were overcome by smoke inhalation. • The source of ignition was not confirmed, although the electrical distribution system of the vessel, unattended batteries being charged and improperly discarded smoking materials were the most likely sources. • Interconnected smoke detectors in all accommodation…
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Maritime Casualty News, September 2020

NTSB releases documents on Conception dive boat fire The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a trove of documents related to the Sept. 2, 2019 fire aboard the dive boat Conception off California’s southern coast that left 34 people dead.  The information is contained in the NTSB’s public docket related to the incident. The docket was made available earlier…
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