Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Bookmark and Share this page

Accident Report Detail

Marine Accident Brief: Collision of Tugboat Cerro Santiago with US Coast Guard Cutter Tampa

Executive Summary

​At 0029 local time onApril 18, 2017, while transiting northbound through the Panama Canal, the Panama-flagged tugboat Cerro Santiago collided with the US Coast Guard cutter Tampa in Miraflores Lake, Panama. Although the tugboat was not damaged, the cutter sustained $170,018 in damage to the stern as well as to various systems in the steering gear room. There were no injuries, nor was there any report of pollution.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision between the tugboat Cerro Santiago and the US Coast Guard cutter Tampa was the failure of the master of the Cerro Santiago to maintain a vigilant watch due to fatigue.

Accident Location: Miraflores Lake, Panama Canal ,   Panama 9°0’30.5” N, 79°36’17.9” W
Accident Date: 4/18/2017
Accident ID: DCA17PM011

Date Adopted: 11/20/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1737
NTIS Number:  

Related Report

Related Recommendations

Related Press Releases

Related Events

Related Investigations