Marine Accident Brief

Collision of Canadian Bulk Carrier John D. Leitch with Law Enforcement Vessel

Black River, Section E
Lorain, OH
October 3, 2012

NTSB Number: MAB-13-09
Adopted: May 28, 2013

Accident Summary

The730-foot-long Canadian-flag bulk carrier John D. Leitch, loaded with furnace coke, was outbound in the Black River at Lorain, Ohio, when the vessel collided with a 35-foot fiberglass-reinforced plastic law enforcement vessel and piling structure about 0912 on October 3, 2012.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision was the failure of the master of the John D. Leitch to properly account for bank effect while maneuvering in the confined waters of the Black River.