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Marine Accident Brief: Grounding of Bulk Carrier Sparna

Executive Summary

​Just before midnight on March 20, 2016, the bulk carrier Sparna was transiting outbound on the Columbia River when it departed the navigation channel and struck a rocky shallow area. No one was injured and no pollution resulted, but the grounding caused damage and flooding to the vessel’s forward tanks. Damage to the Sparna was estimated at more than $500,000 and to a nearby dock about $60,000.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the grounding of bulk carrier Sparna was the failure of the pilot and the bridge team to monitor the helmsman’s response to the pilot’s rudder orders.

Accident Location: Portland , OR USA Wauna Channel, Columbia River
Accident Date: 3/20/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM032

Date Adopted: 4/10/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1708
NTIS Number:  

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