SAFER SEAS DIGEST - US NTSB marine accident investigations 2017



( The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determines the probable cause of the accidents and issues safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents. In addition, the NTSB carries out special studies concerning transportation safety and coordinates the resources of the federal government and other organizations to provide assistance to victims and their family members impacted by major transportation disasters.


NTSB has published its Safer Seas Digest 2017, a very interesting report, including lessons learned from major marine casualties investigated by the agency during the year. The accidents described are resulted from several causes, relevant to fatigue, standard maintenance and repair procedures, operational testing procedures, operating in inclement weather conditions, distraction, access to high-risk spaces, etc. The forty-one marine accidents included in Safer Seas Digest 2017 involved allisions, capsizings, collisions, fires, explosions, flooding, groundings, and equipment damage. The vessels ranged from small passenger vessels, to barges and towboats, to cruise ships and ocean-going cargo vessels.


Tragically, some of these accidents also resulted in loss of life, injuries, and significant property damage. Reading about them can provide a deeper understanding of how these events occur and how they might be prevented. Each has its own unique story to tell and can serve to provide guidance toward safer voyages in the future.

The issues examined in Safer Seas Digest 2017 include:

  • Watertight Integrity
  • Heavy-Weather Operations
  • Fatigue
  • Bridge Resource Management
  • Cell Phones and Distraction
  • Anchoring in High Water and Strong Currents
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Monitoring Rudder Order Response
  • Vessel Abandonment
  • VHF Reception

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Source: NTSB

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