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The failure of the OSV captain led to a clash with the United States


March 4, 2022

Screenshot of the 1544 Ship Traffic Service Camera at the time of the collision (Source: US Coast Guard)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has discovered that the captain of an offshore supply vessel collided with a U.S. Coast Guard cutter at Sabine Pass, a waterway between Texas and Louisiana, due to assumptions and inadequate communication. rice field.

The NTSB released a report on Thursday, October 11, 2020, detailing an investigation into the collision between the offshore object-subject-verb (OSV) Cheramie Bo-Truc No. 33 and the Coast Guard cutter Harry Claiborne. Cheramie Bo Truc No. 33 set sail for the ocean on a Sabine Pass when it collided with Harry Clayborn near Texas Point, Texas. After that, Cheramie Bo-Truc No.33 ran aground. The crew tried to resurface the ship, and when it was free, the current set the OSV to a stationary cutter. And it caused a second collision. The three crew members on Harry Clayborn were slightly injured. The two ships totaled $ 505,951 in damages, $ 440,879 for Harry Clayborn and $ 65,072 for Cheramie Bo Truc No. 33.

Two days before the collision, the Hurricane Delta affected the area and moved some buoys from the Sabine Pass from their assigned locations. At the time of the collision, Harry Clayborn was servicing a hurricane-affected buoy. The captain of Cheramie Bo-Truc No. 33 called Harry Clayborn on VHF radio and demanded that he overtake the cutter on the starboard side of the cutter. The captain told investigators that he “did not notice that the buoy was in place,” and assumed that the cutter was servicing the buoy that had moved into the waterway. As Cheramie Bo-Truc No. 33 was about to overtake the cutter, the echo sounder quickly fell and the captain stopped attempting to pass to avoid grounding. Despite the captain’s efforts, Cheramie Bo-Truc No. 33 collided with the cutter. Two crew members of Harry Claiborne were slightly injured. After that, the OSV touched the mud next to the waterway.

The crew of Cheramie Bo-Truc No. 33 has informed the Coast Guard’s Vessel Transportation Service (VTS) of plans to resurface and navigate the vessel. However, they did not inform the crew of Harry Clayborn of their plans. The crew worked for 45 minutes to get the ship out of the mud. The starboard bow of Cheramie Bo-Truc No. 33 struck a quarter of Harry Claiborne’s starboard as they attempted to maneuver around the stern of the cutter. The Coast Guard crew was slightly injured.

The NTSB has determined that the possible cause of the first collision was that the OSV captain assumed the position of the stationary cutter. This forced the vessel to pass out of the route and steered late towards Harry Clayborn to avoid grounding. The cause of the collision was that the cutter crew did not question the transit arrangement proposed by the OSV captain. The cause of the second impact was the lack of coordination and communication between the two crew members when the crew of Cheramie Bo-Truc No. 33 resurfaced the ship.

https://www.oedigital.com/news/494786-osv-captain-s-blunders-led-to-collision-with-us-coast-guard-cutter The failure of the OSV captain led to a clash with the United States

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