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One dead, one missing in Gulf of Mexico barge fire

  Photo courtesy by U.S. Coast Guard One person has died and another is still missing after a barge owned and operated by Bouchard Transportation exploded three miles off the coast of Port Aransas Friday morning. The oil barge was being pulled by a tugboat, also owned by Bouchard, en route to a refinery in

Injured Crew Member was Medevacked Off the Coast of Florida

Florida Maritime Injury An injured crew member was medevacked from a tanker, Eagle Texas, 90-miles east of Jacksonville Florida. A Coast Guard Air Station helicopter crew transported the injured man on Wednesday just before 7 p.m. The man was reported to have sustained a head injury after he fell into a cargo hold. The Eagle

Towing Tugboat Exploded off the Coast of Florida on Monday

Towing tugboat, Thomas Dann, exploded several miles away from Marineland, Florida this past Monday. The engine room began smoking and later erupted into flames as the tug was towing a barge in convoy. Six crew members evacuated the boat via life raft and were later rescued by local fisherman before the fire set off two

Attorney Matt Shaffer Filed a Maritime Accident Lawsuit for Injured Client

Matt Shaffer has filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client injured in a maritime accident. The client was employed by Bolivar Barge Cleaning Service, LLC and was working on the M/V Sonny Gates, a towing vessel, at the time of the incident. The client was taking a barge out of the fleet of another

Pilot’s Failures Lead to Ship Crash

Pilot’s failure to Communicate Cited as Cause of 2015 Ship Channel Crash A Houston Ship Channel pilot was held responsible for the collision of two ships in 2015  which resulted in a major chemical spill.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that the pilot, who at the time was guiding the Conti Perdot through

Houston Tugboat Accident – 1 Fatality

  Earlier today the Coast Guard announced that a body was found while searching for a crew member of a tugboat that had capsized this morning on the San Jacinto River. At roughly 7:45 am four of the five crew members were pulled to safety, but one went missing. The body was recovered around 10

Tugboat Carrying 75,000 Gallons Of Oil Sinks Off Hawaii

A 95-foot tugboat carrying 75,000 gallons of fuel sank about 2.5 miles off the Hawaiin island of Oahu on Thursday. Eleven crewmembers were rescued by nearby ships and sustained no injuries in the maritime accident. The U.S. Coast Guard command center in Honolulu received a mayday call around 3:15 p.m. The pilot of the towing

Tugboat Crew Member Injured in Accident

A crewman on a tugboat on the Intracoastal Waterway had to be airlifted after he suffered an injury on the tugboat. The Coast Guard conducted a medical evaluation of the injured crewmen. The accident occurred about five miles off Rockport. The crewmember suffered undisclosed injuries, and required medical assistance. The Coast Guard launched rescue operations,

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