The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the 2016 allision of the "Nordbay" on the Lower Mississippi River was caused by the pilot and the master not adequately assessing the risks of handling the ballasted vessel during high-river conditions with strong following currents while turning into the wind.
On Feb. 2, 2016, at 10.13 p.m. the tanker was southbound on the Lower Mississippi River in New Orleans with a pilot on board when it allided with a dock and water intakes on the left descending bank. Less than an hour later, as the vessel maneuvered through another bend in the river while heading toward an anchorage, it allided with a wharf on the left descending bank. No pollution or injuries were reported. The dock, water intakes, the wharf, and the "Nordbay" sustained an estimated $6.4 million in total damage.
In addition to the pilot and the master not adequately assessing the risks of handling the ballasted vessel during high-river conditions, the NTSB said in its Marine Accident Brief that another contributing factor was the bridge team’s poor situational awareness of the vessel’s position in the waterway. Contributing to the second allision was the master’s distraction from his duties while making a phone call. The full NTSB brief can be viewed here:
Call at Dartmouth terminated due to stormy weather
The call of the "Seven Seas Explorer" at Dartmouth on Sep 21, 2017, was cut short due to bad weather. The vessel had been due to anchor off the mouth of the Dart, with passengers coming ashore by tender. Due to the bad weather and concerns about tendering guests from the ship into the river, the captain took the decision to terminate the visit to Dartmouth. The vessel remained at anchor for approximately an hour, in order to assess the situation. The ship instead headed out for a slow steam to its next port of call, Southampton, arrinving there in the morning of Sep 22.
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NuStar’s St. Eustatius terminal damaged by Irma, no restart date set
Nustar Energy’s oil terminal in the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius suffered damage to several tanks and other equipment due to Hurricane Irma, but all the U.S. firm’s employees are safe and no oil spills were registered, it said in a statement.
NuStar’s Statia terminal has the capacity to store 13.03 million barrels of crude and products. The company also said that no restart date has yet been set, and that it will be working on Thursday to restore power at the facility.
“Despite the damage and major clean-up effort, we feel like we fared very well considering the significant power of this storm,” it said.
GAC - Thursday, September 21, 2017, Cochin, India
A fishing vessel had sunk in the main channel of Cochin port, at position 09 58.262 N / 076 14.693 E with a clear depth of 10 metres over the wreck. Work is underway to remove the wreckage.
Until the channel is cleared, only vessels up to 10.00 metres draft may berth at both IGTPL (container terminal operated by DP World) and at Cochin Port berths/terminals.