Tug captain guilty of criminal negligence in fatal explosion


(CHICAGO) — A tugboat captain and the company he worked for were found guilty of criminal negligence in connection with a barge explosion in 2005 that killed a deck hand, the Chicago Tribune reported. A U.S. District Court judge found that Dennis Egan ordered the victim to use a blowtorch to heat a frozen discharge pump on the barge so its cargo could be offloaded. Egan and his uncle’s company, Egan Marine, also were found guilty of negligently allowing thousands of gallons of oil to be discharged into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

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By Professional Mariner Staff