NTSB Says Human Error Likely Cause of Towboat Sinking

A report released this month states that human error is the likely cause of the sinking of a towboat in the Upper Mississippi River last November, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The Stephen L. Colby, a 144-foot-long towboat operating as a line haul boat for the Marquette Transportation Co., ran aground and […]

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Recent Gulf of Mexico Accident Illustrate Perils Seamen Face

Three seamen were rescued Sunday night from a damaged shrimp boat on the Gulf of Mexico after it collided with an offshore support vessel 18 miles off the coast of Mississippi, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. According to official reports, at around 10:40 p.m. on Sunday,  watch officers at Coast Guard Station Mobile received […]

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Two Seamen Dead, One Seriously Injured in Mysterious Stabbing Incident at Sea

Two seamen are dead and one is recovering from severe wounds in a Delaware trauma center after a mysterious stabbing incident aboard a Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier last week. The body of the man who reportedly stabbed the seamen was found last week, shortly after the U.S. Guard was dispatched for assistance. According to media […]

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Overseas Maritime Accidents Highlight Industry’s Safety Issues

With the exception of the grounding of the passenger ship Tahoe Queen off California’s Tahoe Keys, August 2014 has been relatively incident-free for the U.S. maritime industry. However, recent maritime accidents in other parts of the world underscore the continuing existence of serious safety issues, including unseaworthiness,  that adversely affect seamen and other individuals. Since […]

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U.S. Government Expresses Concern About Offshore Safety Issues

More than four years after the BP Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is still worried about safety issues in the nation’s offshore oil industry. According to OilGram News, BSEE Director Brian Salerno says there is need for a publicly-available database […]

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Fatigue Aboard Ships Still Major Safety Issue For Maritime Industry

Maritime jobs are among the most important elements of the global economy. Over 90% of the world’s trade is carried by sea or other navigable waters, and shipping fleets, ports, shipyards. Maritime employers provide millions of jobs in many countries. However, the maritime industry is also plagued by collisions, falls overboard, navigational errors that lead to […]

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Maritime Insurers Warn Shipowners of Cargo and Bulk Freighter Defects

One of the world’s leading protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs is warning shipowners to be aware that some of the newest bulk freighters and general cargo vessels are coming out of shipyards with defects that are likely to cause injuries to maritime workers. According to the Maritime Executive trade magazine, the North of England P&I […]

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Paddle-Wheel Boat Hits Sandbar; Coast Guard Evacuates 300 People

The U.S. Coast Guard and local first responders evacuated nearly 300 passengers from a Mississippi River-style paddle wheeler on Monday. The boat ran aground on a sandbar in California’s Lake Tahoe during an early afternoon cruise. According to the Coast Guard, the paddle wheeler Tahoe Queen was on a scheduled two-and-a-half hour scenic cruise when […]

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