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​Marine Accident Brief: Grounding and Sinking of Towing Vessel Eric Haney

Executive Summary

​At 2342 local time on July 8, 2017, the uninspected towing vessel Eric Haney ran aground on a submerged portion of an erosion-control dike while pushing 15 empty barges upriver on the Upper Mississippi River by Cairo, Illinois, at mile marker (mm) 13.4.1 All crewmembers climbed aboard one of the empty barges without any reported injuries. The towboat and barges were freed by the current, drifted downriver, and were pushed into the opposite bank by another towboat at mm 9.7. The barges broke free, and the Eric Haney partially sank. Minimal oil sheening was observed after the sinking. Damage to the vessel was estimated at $4.3 million.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the grounding and subsequent sinking of the Eric Haney was the pilot’s failure to identify a charted navigation hazard (erosion-control dike) during towing operations.

Accident Location: Cairo , IL USA Upper Mississippi River, 37°05.479’ N, 89°16.263’ W
Accident Date: 7/8/2017
Accident ID: DCA17FM020

Date Adopted: 6/21/2018
NTSB Number: MAB1815
NTIS Number:  

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