COLLISION OF U.S. BULK CARRIER SS YELLOWSTONE AND ALGERIAN FREIGHTER M/V IBN BATOUTA, MEDITERRANEAN SEA - JUNE 12, 1978. MARINE ACCIDENT REPORT

At 1107 on June 12, 1978, the U.S. bulk carrier SS YELLOWSTONE and the Algerian freighter M/V IBN BATOUTA collided during a dense fog in the Mediterranean Sea about 14 miles southeast of Gibraltar. Five crewmen on the YELLOWSTONE died and two were injured. On the following morning the ships were separated, and after the remaining crew of the YELLOWSTONE were deployed to rescue ships at the scene, the ship was put under tow. Shortly thereafter, the ship sank stern first. Although the IBN BATOUTA sustained major bow damage, none of the crew was injured. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the master of the YELLOWSTONE to properly use the ship's radar, which led to his crossing the bow of the IBN BATOUTA in an effort to prevent a collision in a close-quarters situation. Contributing to this accident were the excessive speed of both vessels in a dense fog; their failure to avoid a close-quarters situation; and the failure of the IBN BATOUTA to sound fog signals, to have the engine ready for immediate maneuver, and to use the bridge-to-bridge radiotelephone to establish a safe passing maneuver.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1979-7-19

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  • Pagination: 34 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00305178
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-MAR-79-11
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1980 12:00AM