Collision on the Mississippi

In July 2008, a towing vessel collided with a tank ship on the Mississippi River. The towing vessel had made an unannounced crossing from the east to west bank of the river, and the tank ship’s crew attempted to radio the towing vessel to avoid a collision, but they were unsuccessful. After the incident, investigators found that the towing vessel’s captain was not on board at the time of the collision, and the steersman left in charge did not have the proper license to be the sole operator of the vessel. The investigators identified the causes of the incident, as well as lessons learned.


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  • Accession Number: 01531997
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 25 2014 12:03AM