COLLISION OF AMERICAN CONTAINERSHIP SS SEA-LAND VENTURE AND DANISH TANKER M/T NELLY MAERSK, INNER BAR CHANNEL, GALVESTON, TEXAS, AUGUST 27, 1978. MARINE ACCIDENT REPORT
About 0340 c.d.t., on August 27, 1978, the American containership SS SEA-LAND VENTURE collided with the Danish tanker M/T NELLY MAERSK when the SEA-LAND VENTURE attempted to overtake the NELLY MAERSK in the Galveston-Houston Ship Channel. There were no injuries or deaths. Damage to the vessels was estimated at $1.4 million. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the inaccurate evaluation of the closing rate and late initiation of the rudder order by the pilot of the SEA-LAND VENTURE while attempting to overtake the NELLY MAERSK at a bend in a narrow channel where the risk of collision was much greater than in a straight portion of the channel.
National Transportation Safety BoardBureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC USA 20594
- Publication Date: 1979-9-27
- Pagination: 20 p.
- TRT Terms: Airline pilots; Channels (Waterways); Collisions; Crash causes; Fatalities; Human error; Human factors in crashes; Loss and damage; Maneuvering; Maritime crashes; Personnel performance; Pilotage; Ship collisions; Tankers
- Old TRIS Terms: Narrow channel navigation; Ship casualties; Ss nelly maersk; Ss sea-land venture; Tanker collisions
- Subject Areas: Marine Transportation; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00303350
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-MAR-79-16
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Feb 11 1980 12:00AM