Marine Accident Brief

Collision Between Bulk Carriers Mary Ann Hudson and Star Grip

Houston Ship Channel
Houston, TX
June 6, 2012

NTSB Number: MAB-13-19
Adopted: December 18, 2013

Accident Summary

On June6, 2012, at 0530 central daylight time, the underway bulk carrier Mary Ann Hudson collided with the moored bulk carrier Star Grip while the Mary Ann Hudson was being moved from City Dock 21 to City Dock 29. No one was injured and no pollution resulted from the accident; however, both vessels sustained damage totaling more than $500,000.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision between bulk carriers Mary Ann Hudson and Star Grip was the pilot's ineffective handling of the Mary Ann Hudson and his ineffective use of the two tugboats to maneuver the vessel around the Star Grip's crane arms, which were extending into the navigable waterway.