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Marine Accident Brief: Collision of Bulk Carrier Aris T with Tank Barge WTC 3019, Towing Vessel Pedernales, and Shoreside Structures

Executive Summary

‚ÄčOn January 31, 2016, at 1953 local time, bulk carrier Aris T collided with tank barge WTC 3019, towing vessel Pedernales, and two facility structures, all of which were located on the left descending bank of the Mississippi River between mile marker (mm) 125.2 and mm 126.0 at Norco, Louisiana. Also damaged during the collision were one additional shoreside structure, another towing vessel, and two other tank barges, bringing the total damage cost to more than $60 million. No pollution resulted from the accident; however, two dock workers reported injuries.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision of bulk carrier Aris T with tank barge WTC 3019, towing vessel Pedernales, and shoreside structures was the failure of the pilot on the Aris T to take early and effective action to mitigate the risk presented by the developing upriver traffic situation, and the distraction of the captain on the Loretta G. Cenac from safety-critical navigational functions as a result of his cell phone use.

Accident Location: Norco , LA USA Lower Mississippi River, mile marker 125.2
Accident Date: 1/31/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM022

Date Adopted: 1/4/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1701
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