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Accident Report Detail

Near Grounding of the Liberian Tank Ship Patriot

Executive Summary

​On October 15, 1995, the Liberian registered motor vessel Patriot, a 95,000 deadweight-ton1 tank ship, came within 10 miles (2-3 hours) of grounding on the north side of the Yucatan Peninsula near Campeche, Mexico, while navigating in rough seas and high winds associated with Hurricane Roxanne. Had the grounding occurred, it could have resulted in significant damage to the ship’s structure, injuries or deaths among the 27 crewmembers, and damage to the environment. The vessel was en route from Galveston, Texas, to Dos Bocas, Mexico, when the near-grounding incident occurred.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the neargrounding incident involving the tank ship Patriot was the master’s decision to sail his vessel into the predicted path of a hurricane, a decision that resulted from Conoco Shipping Company’s ineffective management of the movements of its vessels and inadequate shoreside support for critical shipboard decisions affecting vessel safety.

Accident Location: Compeche ,   Mexico Bay of Compeche
Accident Date: 10/15/1995
Accident ID: DCA96MM001

Date Adopted: 4/8/1997
NTSB Number: MAR-97-01-SUM
NTIS Number: PB97-916402

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