Does Weather Play a Part in Maritime Safety?
A tugboat captain whose barges collided with a cargo freighter in Texas said the larger vessel “increased its speed in foggy conditions,” making it impossible to avoid the crash. There were no injuries in the accident, but authorities thoroughly examined the evidence during a weeklong hearing, since nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into the water. Associated Press reports that oil was found for at least 200 miles along the coastline.
As the larger boat’s speed kept growing, Capt. Kelli Hartman said all she could think was “Oh no, this ain’t looking good.” Hartman, with over thirty years of experience on the water, added: “I did everything I could to get out of his way.” The accident slowed traffic for five days along the Houston Ship Channel, which serves the nation’s largest petrochemical complex.
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