Marine Accident Brief

Collision between M/V Maersk Wisconsin and Tug and Barge Unit

Kill Van Kull, near Bergen Point, New Jersey
December 5, 2011

NTSB Number: MAB-13-04
Adopted: April 23, 2013

Accident Summary

The containership Maersk Wisconsin, assisted by two tugs, left Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, in the early morning hours of December 5, 2011, to begin its transit south toward Kill Van Kull, through New York Harbor, and then to sea for its destination in the United Arab Emirates. At 0213, with fog reducing visibility to about 0.25 miles, the containership collided with a tug and barge unit in Kill Van Kull channel near Bergen Point, New Jersey.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision was the failure of the docking pilot on board the Maersk Wisconsin to position his vessel according to the meeting arrangement with the Ruth M. Reinauer to allow adequate separation for passage of the tug and barge in the navigable channel.