NTSB Report - Collision between Bulk Carrier Century Queen and Towing Vessel Kaytlin Marie


Executive Summary

​On June 8, 2019, about 1215 local time, the upbound bulk carrier Century Queen , with a crew of 21, and the downbound towing vessel Kaytlin Marie , with 7 crewmembers on board, collided on the Lower Mississippi River at mile 126 near Hahnville, Louisiana, while transiting through a river bend. Three injuries were reported aboard the Kaytlin Marie , which spilled a reported 8,954 gallons of diesel fuel into the river. Damage to the Century Queen ($383,990) and the Kaytlin Marie ($991,208) amounted to $1,375,198.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision between the bulk carrier Century Queen and the towing vessel Kaytlin Marie was the lack of early and effective communications to confirm a passing arrangement between the two vessels.

Full Report: https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB2030.pdf