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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Bulk carrier with lithium-ion batteries catches fire off Alaska

Bulk carrier with lithium-ion batteries catches fire off Alaska

(JUNEAU, Alaska) — The U.S. Coast Guard assisted a vessel on fire approximately 225 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor on Friday. At 4:40 a.m. Thursday, the 17th Coast Guard District Command Center in Juneau received report of a cargo hold fire aboard the bulk carrier Genius Star XI. The Coast Guard directed Genius Star XI to continue toward Dutch Harbor…
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Safety alert: Wire rope hazards on shipboard cranes

Safety alert: Wire rope hazards on shipboard cranes

(WASHINGTON) — A recent marine casualty involving a shipboard crane occurred while a 69-ton wind turbine nacelle was being offloaded. While hoisting, a wire rope parted, causing the load to fall eight feet to the deck, significantly damaging the vessel and resulting in a total loss of the cargo. Although no personnel casualties occurred, injury potential was high, as the…
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Cruise ship, Coast Guard rescue 12 after cargo vessel sinks

Cruise ship, Coast Guard rescue 12 after cargo vessel sinks

(MIAMI) — A Carnival Cruise Line ship and the U.S. Coast Guard rescued 12 people Wednesday after their small cargo vessel sank about 30 miles north of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Coordinating with Carnival’s Fleet Operations Center in Miami, officers aboard Carnival Vista changed the ship’s course to assist when an emergency alert was received by an onboard monitoring system…
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Fagan cites ‘broken trust’ in Coast Guard, mandates changes

Fagan cites ‘broken trust’ in Coast Guard, mandates changes

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday published an Accountability and Transparency Review (ATR) report on the service’s workforce culture and organizational climate. The report was accompanied by a memorandum from Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan, which directed 33 initial actions to address recommendations in the report. Fagan’s directed actions are designed to ensure that every member of…
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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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Wood pellet fires on barges lead to safety alert

Wood pellet fires on barges lead to safety alert

(WASHINGTON) — Over a two-week span, two unmanned and uninspected hopper barges loaded with wood pellets containing binders caught fire while awaiting transport at a Mississippi River fleeting facility. Each fire caused approximately $355,000 in damage, including total cargo loss and significant vessel damage. The ignition source for both fires was spontaneous combustion, which is not common, but also not…
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Coast Guard honors mariners for Golden Ray response

Coast Guard honors mariners for Golden Ray response

(BRUNSWICK, Ga.) — The U.S. Coast Guard presented public service awards Monday to maritime partners for their commendable actions during the capsizing of the motor vessel Golden Ray and subsequent response. The public service awards recognized each individual’s actions that resulted in the preservation of life and mitigation of environmental hazards and economic impacts during the Golden Ray capsizing and…
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