Tugboat Accidents

What is the Leading Cause of Death for Tugboat Workers?

Last year, six towing industry workers died in tugboat accidents, three of which died by falling overboard. While there has been a steady decrease in the number of maritime accidents over the last 20 years, overboard accidents are still the leading cause of maritime industry deaths. Specifically, falling overboard accounts for at least 50 percent … Continue reading What is the Leading Cause of Death for Tugboat Workers?

Fiancé of Woman Killed in Hudson River Boating Accident Sues Operator, Barge Owners

The fiancé of a woman killed in an August boating accident on the Hudson River has sued the operator of the boat at the time of the accident and the owners of the construction barge that the boat collided with. Brian Bond was on the boat at the time of the accident that killed his … Continue reading Fiancé of Woman Killed in Hudson River Boating Accident Sues Operator, Barge Owners

Nationwide Maritime Trial Lawyer: Barge Accident Kills One on Sacramento River

A worker was killed when a tractor he was operating on fell off a barge and into the Sacramento River on November 25. The man was operating an excavator when the tractor he was riding on slipped into the water and drowned the worker. According to the Solano County Sheriff’s office, it was initially reported … Continue reading Nationwide Maritime Trial Lawyer: Barge Accident Kills One on Sacramento River

One Dead After Boat Capsizes off Alki Point in Washington

A man was killed when the wheelhouse of a boat he was working on capsized on November 15 off Alki Point in Washington State. Three crewmates of the man suffered hypothermia in the accident but survived the capsizing. According to the Coast Guard and Seattle Fire Department, the men were working for Ballard Marine Construction … Continue reading One Dead After Boat Capsizes off Alki Point in Washington

Seaman Sues Shipping Company after Barge Accident

A New Orleans seaman is suing his employer after being injured in a barge accident. According to the lawsuit, the vessel worker was on board the M/V Jean Laffitte when a collision occurred between the vessel and a barge, allegedly as a result of the ship captain’s negligence. The plaintiff suffered severe injuries to his … Continue reading Seaman Sues Shipping Company after Barge Accident

Pentwater Man Dies in Barge Accident on Lake Michigan

A 37-year-old man was killed on board a barge on Lake Michigan in a work accident on November 3. The barge P.M. 41 was heading north on the lake around 11:45 a.m. when the U.S. Coast Guard got a call about an employee dying in a conveyor belt accident on deck. According to the Coast … Continue reading Pentwater Man Dies in Barge Accident on Lake Michigan

Nationwide Maritime Trial Lawyer: One Dead after Missouri River Barge Accident

A man succumbed to injuries sustained in a barge accident on the Missouri River on October 24. The man had been riding in a johnboat a day earlier when his vessel was struck by a barge being pushed by a towboat. After the collision, crewmembers of another nearby towboat rushed to rescue the man who … Continue reading Nationwide Maritime Trial Lawyer: One Dead after Missouri River Barge Accident

No-Boating Zones Established on the Hudson River

The U.S. Coast Guard has established no-boating zones on the Hudson River due to construction on the Tappan Zee Bridge, where an accident that killed two people and injured three others occurred in July. However, the area where boats will no longer be allowed does not include the actual area where the accident occurred. On … Continue reading No-Boating Zones Established on the Hudson River

56-Year-Old Crabber Killed in Collision with Tug and Barge

56-Year-Old Crabber Killed in Collision with Tug and Barge A man died this summer when his crab boat collided with a tug and barge in Port Arthur, Texas. 56-year-old John Tran was the only victim of the accident when he collided with the tugboat Father Seelos. The tugboat was in a high-traffic section of the … Continue reading 56-Year-Old Crabber Killed in Collision with Tug and Barge

Exploding Barges Severely Injure Three, Evacuates Nearby Cruise Ship

Explosions on two Alabama fuel barges caused a huge fire and multiple injuries this April. According to Fox News, the U.S. Coast Guard stated the cause of the fire was most likely a spark that occurred during the barges’ cleaning. The fire began after the explosions on Wednesday night, April 24, and burned until it … Continue reading Exploding Barges Severely Injure Three, Evacuates Nearby Cruise Ship

Ferry Crew’s Failure to Test Propeller, Follow Procedures Led to 2011 Crash, TSB Says

On Friday, we discussed the June 2011 barge accident that caused substantial damage to the Queensborough Railway Bridge in British Columbia. While an investigative report from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada said fatigue and inexperience were factors in that incident, Professional Mariner reported that the TSB determined that the bridge team’s lack of … Continue reading Ferry Crew’s Failure to Test Propeller, Follow Procedures Led to 2011 Crash, TSB Says

TSB Report Blames Fatigue, Inexperience for 2011 Barge Accident

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada said in an investigative report that fatigue and inexperience were factors in the EMPIRE 40 barge striking and causing substantial damage to the Queensborough Railway Bridge in British Columbia in June 2011. Professional Mariner reported that the TSB said the 202-foot barge was being pushed by the F.W. … Continue reading TSB Report Blames Fatigue, Inexperience for 2011 Barge Accident

Barge Strikes Bridge in ‘One of the Two Most Difficult Turns in the Mississippi River’

Barge Strikes Bridge in ‘One of the Two Most Difficult Turns in the Mississippi River’ The Associated Press reported that a tug was pushing two barges in a dangerous stretch of the Mississippi River on January 27 when one of the barges carrying 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge and began leaking. The … Continue reading Barge Strikes Bridge in ‘One of the Two Most Difficult Turns in the Mississippi River’

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