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​Marine Accident Brief: Collision of Cargo Vessel Ocean Freedom with Tank Barges

Executive Summary

​On the night of October 29, 2015, at 2226 local time, the US-flagged cargo vessel Ocean Freedom collided with a tier of moored empty tank barges while entering the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas. One crewmember, who was working on one of the barges, received non-life threatening injuries. Although no environmental damage was reported, the Ocean Freedom and the three tank barges sustained structural damage estimated at $750,000.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision of the Ocean Freedom with the moored tank barges was the pilot’s rudder order in a direction opposite of which he intended. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the bridge team to identify the risk of collision and take appropriate action.

Accident Location: Corpus Christi , TX USA Port of Corpus Christi, 28°48.8’ N, 97°24.7’ W
Accident Date: 10/29/2015
Accident ID: DCA16FM003

Date Adopted: 4/20/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1711
NTIS Number:  

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