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Marine Accident Brief: Grounding of Commercial Fishing Vessel SeaHawk No. 68

Executive Summary

​About 0530 local time on May 22, 2015, the Taiwan-flagged commercial fishing vessel SeaHawk No. 68 ran aground on a reef at the entrance to Pala Lagoon, Tutuila Island, American Samoa. All 22 crewmembers abandoned the vessel after the grounding and boarded the vessel’s life raft, which then floated to the shore. Some crewmembers sustained minor injuries during their egress from the vessel. No pollution was reported. The vessel was declared a constructive total loss.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the grounding of the commercial fishing vessel SeaHawk No. 68 was the captain’s failure to effectively monitor the vessel’s position and progress as well as provide specific watch standing instructions. Contributing to this accident was the owner/operator’s lack of policies and procedures for navigation and training of vessel crewmembers.

Accident Location: Pala Lagoon, Pago Pago , American Samoa   14˚19.46' S, 170˚42.02' W
Accident Date: 5/22/2015
Accident ID: DCA15LM022

Date Adopted: 2/11/2016
NTSB Number: MAB1602
NTIS Number:  

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