Jul 302014
 

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westerntuggerTug tows generate such immense forces that when something goes wrong it goes very wrong and often tragically.In the case of Western Tugger a deckhand suffered fatal injuries while trying to release a tow wire attached to a capsized barge in a report from TSB Canada.

This was the third time that Western Tugger had towed the barge Arctic Lift I. This time the welded steel barge was loaded with rebar and bundled wood and the voyage went without problems for the next six days.

On 10 May at 0400, the mate on watch verified visually that the barge was towing normally.Footnote 10 Shortly after that, heavy fog rolled in, and the mate was unable to see the barge again during the watch. The master arrived on the bridge at about 0545, but was unable to see the barge. The mate left the bridge shortly after the master took over the watch. Continue reading »

Feb 232010
 
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Tug Valour: Crew didn't follow stability letter

Tug Valour, a 1975-built ocean-going tug, sank on 18 January, 2006,  while towing a barge loaded with 175,000 barrels of oil. Three lives were lost because the crew did not adhere to the vessel’s stability letter  and cross-connect valves between port and starboard tanks pairs were left open in seas of up to 6 metres and winds reaching as much as 50 knots.

The US Coast Guard has issued a ‘lessons learned’ regarding the incident.

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Sep 072009
 

15 Filipinos, 4 Koreans rescued from troubled cargo ship
Philippine Star
A Hong Kong maritime accident monitoring center asked the local coast guard to start a search and rescue after receiving a distress call from the Hera,

Turkish bulk carrier Gulser Ana aground off Madagascar
Madagascar, 7 September – The Turkish bulk carrier GULSER ANA (23,602-gt, built 1985) went aground off the Madagascan coast at Faux Cap, the ship’s operator has announced.
According to the operator, Mardeniz Denizcilik of Istanbul, all 23 seafarers on board have been safely rescued by the Madagascan coast guard and taken ashore uninjured.

Dramatic rescue of fishermen off southern Cape coast
In a dramatic rescue off the Cape south coast on Sunday the National Sea Rescue Institute was involved in a search and rescue operation after two eye-witnesses noticed a single red distress flare out at sea off Riebok, which is approximately halfway between Mossel Bay and Glentana.

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Aug 302009
 
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Survivors of the Lady D capsize cling to the upturned hull : source USCG

Lady D, a water taxi, capsized in a squall in Baltimore’s Patapsco River North West Harbour on 6 March 2004. Five of the 25 passengers on board died. The US Coast Guard has now released the results of its investigation into the incident.

While the report admits to the complexities of the accident, from human error on the part of the two-man crew, overloading, vessel management, communications, licensing, training and stability, two issue in particular deserve wider attention.

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