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Marine Accident Brief: Equipment Failure on Bulk Carrier Asia Zircon II

Executive Summary

​On July 8, 2015, at 0857 local time, the Singapore-flagged bulk carrier Asia Zircon II was discharging a cargo of wind turbine towers in the Port of Galveston, Texas, when the lifting wire rope for one of the ship’s two cranes parted while hoisting a tower section out of the cargo hold. The wire failure caused the tower to fall back into the hold, damaging the tower and other tower sections in the hold. Two of the five longshoremen inside the cargo hold at the time suffered non-life threatening injuries. There was no reported pollution. Damages were estimated to exceed $1.5 million.


Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the failure of the lifting wire rope of crane no. 4 on the bulk carrier Asia Zircon II was inadequate lubrication due to ineffective maintenance resulting in excessive wear of the wire rope.


Accident Location: Galveston , TX USA Pier 34, Port of Galveston, 29°18.5’ N, 094°48.4’ W
Accident Date: 7/8/2015
Accident ID: DCA15LM026

Date Adopted: 4/20/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1710
NTIS Number:  

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