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Marine Accident Brief: Collision between Cargo Vessel Manizales and Bulk Carrier Zen-Noh Grain Pegasus

Executive Summary

​On January 17, 2016, about 1631, the 390-foot-long cargo vessel Manizales collided with the 623-foot-long bulk carrier Zen-Noh Grain Pegasus on the Mississippi River at mile marker (mm) 153 near Hester, Louisiana. Before the collision, the Manizales had anchored in the Belmont Anchorage just upriver from the Zen-Noh Grain Pegasus. Within 30 minutes of dropping both of its anchors, the cargo vessel’s anchors dragged. The Manizales drifted downriver toward the bulk carrier and became entangled in the larger ship’s port and starboard anchor chains. The Manizales incurred over $2.2 million in damages from the collision, and the Zen-Noh Grain Pegasus lost its starboard anchor. No pollution or injuries were reported.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision between the Manizales and the Zen-Noh Grain Pegasus was the decision by the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Pilots Association to assign the Manizales to the Belmont Anchorage during high-water conditions with three other vessels already anchored in the area.

Accident Location: Hester , LA USA Belmont Anchorage, Mississippi River, mile marker 153
Accident Date: 1/17/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM018

Date Adopted: 1/5/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1703
NTIS Number:  

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