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Marine Accident Brief: Contact of Towing Vessel Steve Richoux With Mardi Gras World Pier

Executive Summary

​On May 7, 2018, about 1848 local time, the towing vessel Steve Richoux with five crewmembers was downbound on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana, pushing six loaded cement barges when a steering system failure occurred. The pilot and the captain tried to regain steering control of the vessel. Despite their efforts, the Steve Richoux struck the Mardi Gras World pier at mile 98. No pollution or injuries were reported; estimated property damage exceeded $3 million.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the contact of the Steve Richoux tow with the Mardi Gras World pier was a loss of steering control due to a recurring yet unreported problem with the vessel’s steering system.

Accident Location: New Orleans , LA USA Lower Mississippi River, mile 98, 29°56.03' N, 090°03.50' W
Accident Date: 5/7/2018
Accident ID: DCA18FM022

Date Adopted: 6/19/2019
NTSB Number: MAB1915
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