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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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