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Breakaway of Bulk Carrier Privocean and Subsequent Collision with Tanker Bravo and Tugboat Texas

Executive Summary

About 1553 on April 6, 2015, bulk carrier Privocean broke free from its moorings at Convent Marine Terminal, located at mile marker 161 on the Lower Mississippi River during high water conditions. The ship drifted across the river and collided with tanker Bravo, moored at the Ergon-St. James Terminal. Tugboat Texas, which had been assisting the Privocean, was pinned between the ships as they collided. All three vessels, the dock at the terminal, and deck equipment on three other tugboats sustained damage totaling about $11 million. About 10 barrels of fuel oil spilled into the river, and four crewmembers aboard the Texas sustained minor injuries.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision between bulk carrier Privocean, tanker Bravo, and tugboat Texas was the inadequate mooring arrangement for the Privocean and the insufficient number of hold-in tugs provided by the vessel operator given the prevailing conditions.

Accident Location: Convent , LA   Mile marker 161, Lower Mississippi River
Accident Date: 4/6/2015
Accident ID: DCA15LM019

Date Adopted: 6/29/2016
NTSB Number: MAB-16-08
NTIS Number:  

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