Marine Accident Brief: Collision of Towing Vessel St. Rita and Tow with Moored Barges, and Subsequent Sinking, March 7, 2019

On March 7, 2019, about 1430 local time, the towboat St. Rita was shifting the hopper barge LTD 14161 across the Mississippi River to the Cooper Consolidated La Place fleeting area, about 23 miles west of New Orleans, Louisiana, when the towboat collided with moored barges and became pinned against a barge block broadside to the current, heeled over, and sank. The five crewmembers on board abandoned the St. Rita by climbing aboard the LTD 14151 and were later rescued by a Good Samaritan towing vessel. No pollution or injuries were reported. The submerged vessel was considered a total constructive loss and was valued at $1.5 million. ​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision of towing vessel St. Rita and tow with moored barges and subsequent sinking was the captain’s inexperience in executing a fleeting operation on a single headline in heavy river current conditions in close proximity to the head of a block.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01740067
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/MAB-20/11, Accident ID: DCA19FM022
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 18 2020 2:40PM