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Allision of Fishing Vessel Ferrigno Boy with Ventura Harbor Boatyard Travel Lift Pier

Executive Summary

On the morning of July 29, 2015, the uninspected commercial fishing vessel Ferrigno Boy was returning to Ventura Harbor, California, to offload its squid catch when the main propulsion control system failed to respond to a command for astern propulsion, resulting in an allision with the Ventura Harbor Boatyard travel lift pier. The starboard bow of Ferrigno Boy struck the pier, causing a minor inset of the steel hull above the waterline. The lift pier sustained significant structural damage, initially estimated at $850,000. A sailboat moored in the vicinity of the pier also had minor damage. There were no injuries and no reported pollution.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the allision of the fishing vessel Ferrigno Boy with the Ventura Harbor Boatyard travel lift pier and the sailing vessel Solera was the fishing vessel’s transmission control cable not being correctly fastened to the Twin Disc mechanical control valve shift lever in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommended instructions.

Accident Location: Ventura Harbor , CA    
Accident Date: 7/29/2015
Accident ID: DCA15LM029

Date Adopted: 10/26/2016
NTSB Number: MAB-16-21
NTIS Number:  

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