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Marine Accident Brief: Collision of Crimson Gem Tow with Bulk Carrier Yangtze Ambition

Executive Summary

​On January 28, 2016, at 0430 local time, the uninspected towing vessel Crimson Gem was pushing 20 barges downbound during high-water conditions on the Lower Mississippi River in Ama, Louisiana, when two of its barges collided with the bulk carrier Yangtze Ambition docked at the bottom of a river bend. Damages to the vessel and the barges, including a third barge that made contact with the dock, totaled an estimated $575,000. There was no injury or pollution.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision of the Crimson Gem tow with the moored bulk carrier Yangtze Ambition was the Crimson Gem pilot’s ineffective maneuvering for the prevailing current in a river bend.

Accident Location: Ama , LA USA Lower Mississippi River, mile marker (mm) 117.1, 29°56.5’ N, 90°18.7’ W
Accident Date: 1/28/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM021

Date Adopted: 1/5/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1702
NTIS Number:  

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