NTSB: Tow pilot forgot passing arrangement before collision

NTSB: Tow pilot forgot passing arrangement before collision

(WASHINGTON) — A towing vessel pilot incorrectly recalling the agreed-upon passing arrangement led to tows colliding last year on the Mississippi River, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Thursday. According to the Inland Navigation Rules, when two vessels are meeting or crossing, each vessel shall signal its maneuvering intentions by using the vessel’s whistle or VHF radio. About 20…
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More witness testimony scheduled on Port Newark ship fire

More witness testimony scheduled on Port Newark ship fire

(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have scheduled follow-up witness testimony on Wednesday and Friday in support of the ongoing investigation into the fire that occurred on July 5, 2023 aboard the Italian-flagged cargo vessel Grande Costa D’Avorio while docked at the Port Newark, N.J. The videos of testimony are scheduled to be…
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NTSB safety alert urges use of personal locator devices

NTSB safety alert urges use of personal locator devices

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a safety alert urging vessel owners and operators to provide each crewmember with a personal locator device. These devices improve a mariner’s chance of rescue during an emergency. During an emergency at sea, a mariner’s chance of survival decreases if search and rescue cannot quickly and accurately identify their location.…
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Gale-force winds, high waves led to tilting of elevated liftboat

Gale-force winds, high waves led to tilting of elevated liftboat

(WASHINGTON) — Gale-force winds and high waves from a storm led to the listing (tilting) of an elevated liftboat in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Wednesday. Damage to the vessel and cargo was estimated at $6.9 million. On Nov. 20, 2022, the liftboat L/B Robert was reported to be listing (tilting) alongside a stationary…
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Public hearing slated on fatal Port Newark ship fire

Public hearing slated on fatal Port Newark ship fire

(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Coast Guard, in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), is scheduled to conduct a formal public hearing Jan. 10-18 to consider evidence related to the fire that occurred aboard the Italian-flagged cargo vessel Grande Costa D’Avorio while docked at Port Newark, N.J. The hearing will be open to the public, as well as…
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NTSB: Troubleshooting on trawler led to collision with boxship

NTSB: Troubleshooting on trawler led to collision with boxship

(WASHINGTON) — A fishing vessel mate not maintaining a proper lookout and conducting maintenance on critical equipment while underway led to the collision of a containership and fishing vessel, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Wednesday. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vessels was estimated at $6.25 million. On Oct. 28, 2022, while the containership MSC Rita was…
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Corroded wire rope led to crane failure on bulk carrier

Corroded wire rope led to crane failure on bulk carrier

(WASHINGTON) — Undetected corrosion and wear led to an equipment failure on a bulk carrier while offloading cargo last year in Houston, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday. On July 23, 2022, the cargo ship Thorco Basilisk was offloading a wind turbine component at the Greensport Terminal on the Houston Ship Channel when the hoisting wire rope on…
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Changes to anchorage, VTS urged after San Pedro Bay spill

Changes to anchorage, VTS urged after San Pedro Bay spill

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended new notification alarms and procedures for potential incursions on pipelines and a change to an anchorage off the California coast following a crude oil release in 2021 caused by ship anchors damaging an underwater pipeline. NTSB investigators determined that the oil leak, which began on Oct. 1, 2021, in San…
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NTSB cites maintenance error for engine room fire on tanker

NTSB cites maintenance error for engine room fire on tanker

(WASHINGTON) — A maintenance error caused an engine room fire aboard the chemical tanker Endo Breeze last year, resulting in $1.2 million in damage, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Thursday. On April 29, 2022, Endo Breeze was transiting outbound through the Raritan Bay West Reach channel near Staten Island, N.Y., when oil spray from a fuel injector pump…
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