GROUNDING OF M/V DAUNTLESS COLOCOTRONIS IN MISSISSIPPI RIVER NEAR NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA ON JULY 22, 1977--MARINE ACCIDENT REPORT

About 0500 c.d.t. on July 22, 1977, the Greek tankship M/V DAUNTLESS COLOCOTRONIS, carrying 48,741 long tons of crude oil, was upbound in the Mississippi River about 4 miles below New Orleans, Louisiana, when it struck a sunken barge. The bottom plating of the COLOCOTRONIS was fractured, permitting cargo oil from the tanker's No. 5 center tank to enter its pumproom. Within minutes, cargo oil penetrated into the tanker's engineroom and ignited. The fire spread from the engineroom to the accommodation spaces through a door which had been tied open. All 35 persons on board escaped from the vessel; 2 persons were slightly injured. Fire damage in the accommodation spaces, water damage in the engineroom, and bottom structural damage was estimated to be $6 million. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the fracturing of the bottom plating of the M/V DAUNTLESS COLOCOTRONIS as it dragged over a sunken barge, which had been declared a hazard to navigation but which had not been marked by the barge owner or the U.S. Coast Guard and had not been removed by the barge owner or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20594
  • Publication Date: 1978-7-6

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  • Pagination: 25 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00185950
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-MAR-78-5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1979 12:00AM