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Marine Accident Brief: Collision of Articulated Tug and Barge Lucia/Caribbean, Assisted by Tugboat William S, with Multiple Barges

Executive Summary

​On January 15, 2016, at 0020 local time, the articulated tug and barge (ATB) Lucia/Caribbean collided with multiple barges at the Stone Oil Distributor facility on the right descending bank of the Mississippi River near mile marker 96.5 in Gretna, Louisiana. At the time, the ATB was attempting to maneuver into position for a downbound transit with the assistance of the tugboat William S. As a result of the accident, tank barge Caribbean’s port bow was holed, forward and above the waterline. The facility also sustained damage—specifically, the dock structure, one dock barge, and four tank barges. A downriver passenger ferry was also damaged. No injuries were reported.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision of ATB Lucia/Caribbean, assisted by tugboat William S, with multiple barges at the Stone Oil Distributor facility was the decision by the mate on the William S to not fully execute the navigational commands provided to him.

Accident Location: New Orleans , LA USA Lower Mississippi River, near mile* marker 96.5
Accident Date: 1/15/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM017

Date Adopted: 8/9/2016
NTSB Number: MAB1611
NTIS Number:  

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