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Marine Accident Brief: Flooding and Sinking of Hopper Barge PTC 598

Executive Summary

​On November 4, 2018, at 0840, the hopper barge PTC 598 sank about 6 miles off Cape St. George, Florida, with a cargo of scrap metal. The barge was being towed by the towing vessel Kaitlin Olivia along with another barge, PTC 625, en route from Tampa, Florida, to Mobile, Alabama. No pollution or injuries to the four crewmembers aboard the tugboat were reported. Damage was estimated to be $750,000.


Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of barge PTC 598 was flooding of the barge’s voids through improperly secured manhole covers due to the charterer’s failure to ensure adherence to its procedures for barge watertight integrity and draft limits.


Accident Location: Cape St. George , FL USA Gulf of Mexico, 29°30.11’ N, 085°06.86’ W
Accident Date: 11/4/2018
Accident ID: DCA19FM005

Date Adopted: 9/19/2019
NTSB Number: MAB1926
NTIS Number:  

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