Unsecured hatches led to sinking of tug off Puerto Rico

Unsecured hatches led to sinking of tug off Puerto Rico

(WASHINGTON) — Unsecured openings in the deck of a towing vessel led to its flooding and sinking off the coast of Puerto Rico, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Thursday. Marine Investigation Report 22/12 details the NTSB’s investigation into the Dec. 24, 2020, flooding and sinking of the towing vessel Proassist III near Puerto Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. The towing…
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High water, ineffective comms cited in New Orleans grounding

High water, ineffective comms cited in New Orleans grounding

(WASHINGTON) — The decision to overtake a tow in a large river bend occupied by multiple vessels during high-water conditions led to the grounding of a tanker and contact with river intake fender systems in New Orleans, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Thursday. Marine Investigation Report 22/11 details the NTSB’s investigation into the March 16, 2021, grounding of…
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Crowley, Shell partner to boost decarbonization

Crowley, Shell partner to boost decarbonization

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­— Continuing to demonstrate their commitment to decarbonization of the maritime sector, Crowley and Shell Trading (U.S.) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the aim of supporting alternative energy solutions for the future of shoreside and terminal operations. The MOU follows an ongoing joint project that was previously initiated between the companies to provide lower-carbon…
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Captain’s sleep inertia led to tow striking lock gate

Captain’s sleep inertia led to tow striking lock gate

(WASHINGTON) — A captain assuming a watch immediately after waking led to a tow striking a lock gate in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in Marine Investigation Report 22/09 released Tuesday. On March 22, 2021, the towing vessel Ava Claire was transiting westbound pushing two fully loaded tank barges in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway…
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Tug grounds in Alaska’s Neva Strait, rupturing fuel tank

Tug grounds in Alaska’s Neva Strait, rupturing fuel tank

(KODIAK, Alaska) — A unified command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and Western Towboat continued to lead the response efforts Thursday for the grounded tug in the Neva Strait, an incident that occurred Monday morning. The tug owner, Western Towboat, contracted Hanson Maritime, SEAPRO and Global Diving & Salvage, who are currently on scene…
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AMP: Jones Act waivers won’t cut energy costs

AMP: Jones Act waivers won’t cut energy costs

(WASHINGTON) — The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Thursday to address misconceptions about the Jones Act. Specifically, the letter addressed the transportation of crude oil and other energy cargoes in the United States in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “We appreciate your support and…
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NTSB: Uninsulated exhaust surface led to fire that destroyed towboat

NTSB: Uninsulated exhaust surface led to fire that destroyed towboat

(WASHINGTON) — An engine room fire aboard a towing vessel was the result of spraying diesel fuel hitting an uninsulated section of the engine’s exhaust system, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in Marine Investigation Report 22/05 released Tuesday. On March 17, 2021, the towing vessel Miss Dorothy was pushing 14 barges upbound on the Lower Mississippi River, north…
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