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Accident Report Detail

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

Executive 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 allided witha35-footfiberglass-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 allision 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.

Accident Location: Lorain , OH   Black River, Section E
Accident Date: 10/3/2012
Accident ID: DCA13LM002

Date Adopted: 5/28/2013
NTSB Number: MAB-13-09
NTIS Number:  

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