Marine Accident Brief

Allision of Container Vessel Rickmers Tokyo with Pier 11 at Port Richmond, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Delaware River, Pier 11 at Port Richmond
Philadelphia, PA
December 23, 2011

NTSB Number: MAB-13-07
Adopted: May 28, 2013

Accident Summary

While transiting outbound in the Delaware River north of downtown Philadelphia, a river pilot conning the multipurpose container vessel Rickmers Tokyo missed the turn in the channel and allided with Pier 11 about 1909 on December 23, 2011. The pilot, who was not wearing his required corrective eyewear, lost situational awareness with regard to the vessel’s location and did not use all available navigation equipment to fix its position.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the allision of the multipurpose container vessel Rickmers Tokyo with Pier 11 in the Delaware River was the river pilot not executing the turn at Port Richmond due to his lack of situational awareness regarding the vessel’s position in the channel and his inadequate use of all available navigation equipment. Contributing to the allision was the river pilot’s failure to wear his corrective eyewear, which was required and would have assisted with distant visual cues on the dark evening.