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Marine Accident Brief: Allision of Peter F Gellatly Tow with IMTT Bayonne Pier A

Executive Summary

​On August 1, 2015, at 2147 local time, the tank barge Double Skin 501 being pushed by the uninspected towing vessel Peter F Gellatly allided with International Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT) Bayonne Pier A in Bayonne, New Jersey, as the captain attempted to dock the tow at a nearby pier. Damage to the barge, pier, and an adjacent ship, the Isola Bianca, totaled an estimated $2.7 million. The allision also damaged pipelines on the pier, resulting in the discharge of 630 gallons of no. 6 fuel oil into the waterway. There were no injuries.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the allision of the Peter F Gellatly tow with IMTT Bayonne Pier A was the captain and the engineer’s poor communication, their inadequate assessment of the hazardous condition posed by the starboard engine control malfunction, and the captain’s decision to continue operations without ensuring that the malfunction had been adequately corrected. Contributing to the accident was the crew’s unfamiliarity with the provisions of the company’s safety management system that addressed actions in response to hazardous conditions.

Accident Location: Bayonne , NJ USA New York Harbor, Kill Van Kull waterway at IMTT Bayonne Pier A
Accident Date: 8/1/2015
Accident ID: DCA15LM030

Date Adopted: 6/6/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1718
NTIS Number:  

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