Mate ‘Distracted’, Hit DUKW

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Jun 212011
 
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A Ride the Duck DUKW in Seattle, similar to the amphibious vessel which sank in the Delaware

More attention should be paid to the possible involvement of cellphones as a contributor to maritime accidents says the US National Transportation Safety Board as it releases the results of its investigation into the collision between an anchored DUKW 34 and a tug-towed barge on the Delaware river with the loss of two lives. Implicit in the report is the importance of seafarers understanding how personal stresses create distraction and poor decision making.

In this case, the mate of the tug Caribbean Sea, which was towing the sludge barge The Resource, was attempting to deal with a family medical emergency using a cellphone and a company laptop, contrary to company policy. He was situated in the lower wheelhouse of the tug, with restricted visibility. He could not, therefore, keep a proper lookout or effectively monitor the radio.

Says the NTSB: “Had the mate of the Caribbean Sea informed the master or K-Sea Transportation management of the serious family medical emergency, he would likely have been granted relief from the watch”.

However, a proper lookout was also absent from the Ride The Ducks International’s DUKW 34 because the deckhand on the bow was texting on his cellphone.

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NTSB To Discuss The Duck

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Jun 202011
 
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A Ride the Duck DUKW in Seattle, similar to the amphibious vessel which sank in the Delaware

The US National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, will hold a public Board meeting to discuss the final report of the Board’s investigation into the collision of a barge, The Resource, that was being towed alongside a tugboat, the Caribbean Sea and a duck tour boat DUKW 34 on 7 July, 2010 in the Delaware River near Philadelphia. Two passengers on the DUKW 34 died in the accident.

The five member Board will vote to adopt the findings, probable cause, and safety recommendations from the final report. A synopsis of the report will appear on the website shortly after the conclusion of the Board meeting. The entire report will appear on the website several weeks later, says the NTSB.

A live and archived webcast of the proceedings will be available on the board’s website. Technical support details are available under “Board Meetings.”

See also:

NTSB To Release DUKW/Barge Collision Docs

Tug Did Not Respond To Distress Calls – Phil. Duck Report

Update On Philadelphia Duck Tragedy

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NTSB To Release DUKW/Barge Collision Docs

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Mar 062011
 



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A Ride the Duck DUKW in Seattle, similar to the amphibious vessel which sank in the Delaware

On Wednesday July 7, 2010, about 2:37 pm, the 250- foot-long empty sludge barge The Resource, which was being towed by the 79 foot-long towing vessel M/V Caribbean Sea, collided with the anchored amphibious small passenger vehicle the DUKW 34 in the Delaware River, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On board the DUKW 34 were 35 passengers and two crewmembers, and on board the Caribbean Sea were five crewmembers.  Two passengers on the DUKW 34 died in the accident. Continue reading »

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Barranquilla: Unusual Weather Grounding Ships

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Dec 292010
 

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Unusual weather in Colombia has increased the risk of grounding at the port of Barranquilla. Several recommendations have been made regarding navigation and pilotage.

Gard and other P&I clubs have recently experienced several serious casualties in the port of Barranquilla. The port of Barranquilla is located on the west bank of the Rio Magdalena some 10 miles upriver from the mouth, known as Bocas de Ceniza, in the Caribbean Sea. The port receives some 300 vessels monthly. The purpose of this circular is to inform about the situation in Barranquilla and to help members and clients to assess the increased risk when entering or leaving this port.

The 2010 rainy season in Colombia, with unusually large volumes of rain falling for considerable periods of time has been the worst in 40 years. The rainiest months of the year are usually April and October, but in 2010 due to the La Niña phenomenon, the late rainy season started in late August and is now running into December.

Colombian climate experts estimate that the rains will continue well into 2011, probably until March, causing the late rainy season of 2010 to merge with the early rainy season of 2011. At the time of writing, this year’s rains have so far left more than 130 people dead and close to two million affected.

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Tug Did Not Respond To Distress Calls – Phil. Duck Report

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Sep 102010
 
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A Ride the Duck DUKW in Seattle, similar to the amphibious vessel which sank in the Delaware

Distress calls and warnings by the master of the Ride the Duck DUKW that his vessel was disabled were not responded to by the tug Caribbean Sea which was handling a barge which collided with the DUKW and sank it, says a preliminary report from the US National Transportation Safety Board.

Says the accident report: “On Wednesday, July 7, 2010, the empty 250-foot-long sludge barge The Resource, being towed alongside the 78.9-foot-long towing vessel M/V Caribbean Sea, allided with the anchored 33-foot amphibious small passenger vessel DUKW 34 in the Delaware River near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The DUKW 34, operated by Ride the Ducks, carried 35 passengers and 2 crewmembers. On board the Caribbean Sea were 5 crewmembers. As a result of the allision, the DUKW 34 sank in about 55 feet of water. Two passengers were fatally injured, and 10 passengers suffered minor injuries. No one on the Caribbean Sea was injured.

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