Marine Accident Brief - Grounding of the Hong Kong-Registered Container Ship New Delhi Express

New York Harbor, Kill Van Kull Waterway
April 15, 2006

NTSB Number: MAB-07-02
Adopted: May 30, 2007
PDF Document

Accident Description

At 0420 on Saturday, April 15, 2006, the Hong Kong-registered container ship New Delhi Express, with a master, 2 pilots, 21 crewmembers, and 3 noncrewmember guests (relatives of crewmembers) on board, ran aground in the Kill Van Kull waterway in New York Harbor. The New Delhi Express and two of the three tugs assisting it were damaged in the accident. No one was injured, and no water pollution resulted from the accident.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the grounding of the New Delhi Express was the error of the docking pilot in not using all available resources to determine the vessel's position as he navigated the Kill Van Kull waterway. Contributing to the cause of the grounding was the failure of both pilots to practice good bridge resource management.


As a result of its investigation of the grounding of the New Delhi Express, the National Transportation Safety Board made the safety recommendations listed below. For more information about the recommendations, see the Board's safety recommendation letters to the recipients.

To the U.S. Coast Guard:

Use the circumstances of this accident related to the improper redeployment of buoy 14 in the Kill Van Kull waterway as a "lesson learned" and disseminate the information to appropriate personnel, emphasizing the need to verify all buoy positioning data during routine position checks and during buoy redeployments. (M-07-2)

To the State Commissions Whose Harbor Pilots Work With Docking Pilots:

Require your harbor and docking pilots to take part in recurrent joint training exercises that emphasize the concepts and procedures of bridge resource management. (M-07-3)