Marine Accident Report: Allision of the Cargo Vessel M/V Delta Mariner with Eggner's Ferry Bridge, Tennessee River Near Aurora, Kentucky, January 26, 2012

This report discusses the allision of the cargo vessel Delta Mariner with Eggner’s Ferry Bridge at mile marker 41.7 of the Tennessee River near Aurora, Kentucky, on January 26, 2012. No injuries were reported on the ship or on the bridge. Estimated costs to repair the vessel and remove bridge debris from its bow were $2,583,750. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) reported total costs of more than $7 million for bridge repair and related items. Safety issues identified in this report include bridge team performance on board the Delta Mariner and oversight by the ship’s owner; the company’s implementation of its safety management system and oversight of vessel operations; bridge lighting maintenance by KYTC; and the US Coast Guard’s oversight of bridge navigation lighting and process for disseminating warnings to mariners. The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations to KYTC concerning effective bridge lighting and maintenance on July 25, 2012. This report includes recommendations to the Coast Guard regarding the maintenance of bridge navigation lighting and dissemination of broadcast notices to mariners; to the Federal Highway Administration with respect to state transportation department responsibilities regarding bridge navigation lighting; and to Foss Maritime Company, owner of the Delta Mariner, concerning passage planning, the expertise required of contract pilots, and clarification of their duties and responsibilities. The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause of the allision of the M/V Delta Mariner with Eggner's Ferry Bridge was the bridge team's exclusive reliance on the contract pilot's incorrect navigational direction as the vessel approached the bridge and their failure to use all available navigation tools to verify the safety of the vessel';s course. Contributing to the accident was Foss Maritime Company's failure to exercise effective safety oversight of the Delta Mariner's operations and the failure of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to effectively maintain bridge navigation lighting.


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  • Accession Number: 01485142
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/MAR-13/02, Notation 8417A
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2013 3:28PM