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Accident Report Detail

Collision between Dewey R Tow and P. B. Shah Tow

Executive Summary

On September 2, 2015, at 1959 central daylight time, the uninspected towing vessel P. B. Shah was upbound pushing 24 barges on the Lower Mississippi River at mile marker (mm) 937, near Columbus, Kentucky, when two of its barges collided with two of four barges being pushed downbound by the uninspected towing vessel Dewey R. No one was injured; however, the accident resulted in the discharge of 120,000 gallons of clarified slurry oil into the river and an estimated $1.1 million in damages.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision between the P. B. Shah tow and the Dewey R tow was the impact of distraction upon the decision-making and recollection of the captain of the P. B. Shah. Contributing to the collision was the failure of both captains to monitor the progress and effectiveness of the meeting proposal and take appropriate action to avoid the collision.

Accident Location: Columbus , KY   Lower Mississippi River, near mile marker 937
Accident Date: 9/2/2015
Accident ID: DCA15LM034

Date Adopted: 10/26/2016
NTSB Number: MAB-16-22
NTIS Number:  

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