M/V ANCO SCEPTRE COLLISION WITH THE CROWN CENTRAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION PIER, HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL, HOUSTON, TEXAS, FEBRUARY 9, 1978. MARINE ACCIDENT REPORT

On February 9, 1978, the inbound tanker ANCO SCEPTRE passed the outbound tanker POST CHARGER near Crown Point bend on the Houston Ship Channel. Immediately after the vessels passed, the ANCO SCEPTRE veered across the channel and struck a loading facility at the Crown Central Petroleum Corporation terminal pier, causing the facility to collapse. The damage to the loading facility was over $1 million and the damage to the ANCO SCEPTRE was about $500. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the combination of bank effects and crosscurrents in the wake of a passing vessel at Crown Point bend which affected the maneuvering of the ANCO SCEPTRE, causing the ship to veer unexpectedly across the channel. Contributing to the extensive loading facility damage was its physical location which made it susceptible to damage from ship collision.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1979-6-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00304172
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-MAR-79-8
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1980 12:00AM