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Accident Report Detail

Collision between the Tows of Towing Vessels Capt. Shorty C and Jackie

Executive Summary

On July 20, 2015, at 0102 central daylight time, the lead barge of the uninspected towing vessel Capt. Shorty C collided with the tow of the uninspected towing vessel Jackie at the entrance to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at Port Bolivar, Texas, causing a fire on the aft barge of the Jackie’s tow. Neither towboat was damaged, but three barges sustained an estimated total of $608,000 in damages. No pollution or injuries were reported.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision between the Capt. Shorty C and the Jackie was the operators’ attempt to meet in a location known for strong currents and shoaling, which was contrary to published guidance for that waterway.

Accident Location: Port Bolivar , TX   Entrance to Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Galveston Bay
Accident Date: 7/20/2015
Accident ID: DCA15FM027

Date Adopted: 4/28/2016
NTSB Number: MAB-16-05
NTIS Number:  

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