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Collision most likely caused by oil switch
Union officials have cited fuel issues as a likely cause of the 2015 collision of the "Conti Peridot" with the "Carla Maersk", leading to a chemical spill in the Houston Ship Channel. The National Transportation Safety Board, in a report this month about the March 2015 accident, had urged Houston officials to emphasize better communication and bridge management. Officials also cited heavy fog when the Conti Peridot struck the chemical tanker "Carla Maersk". Union officials responded by saying the accident was most likely caused by a switch to ultralow-sulphur fuel oil, leading the "Conti Peridot" to unexpectedly lose power seconds before the accident.
Collision with Carla Maersk was fault of pilot
The US National Transportation Safety Board on June 7, 2016, has published its report on the events that led to the collision of the product tanker "Carla Maersk" with the "Conti Peridot" in the Houston Ship Channel on Mar 9, 2016. The "Carla Maersk" was outward into the channel in foggy weather when it collided with the cargo ship. No one was injured in the collision, but both ships were heavily damaged. The tanker suffered three damaged tanks and leaked 88,200 gallons of highly flammable MTBE, a gasoline additive, into the canal. The NTSB stated clear that the pilot and crew aboard the "Carla Maersk" were without fault, the accident happened solely due to the fault of the pilot on board of the "Conti Peridot" and poor communication between the pilot and the crew on board the freighter. Report: http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/Documents/2016_hsc_BMG_Abstract.pdfUpload News