NTSB Report - Collision of Bulk Carrier Yochow with Articulated Tug and Barge OSG Independence/OSG 243

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Collision of Bulk Carrier Yochow with Articulated Tug and Barge OSG Independence/OSG 243

From last year, June 13, 2018. A relatively simple case, short report, good action on the part of the pilot minimizing the consequences of the collision.

Crew in compliance with work/rest on paper only.

Probable Cause
The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the
collision of the bulk carrier Yochow with the tank barge of the articulated tug and barge
OSG Independence/OSG 243 was the mate’s failure to effectively monitor the helmsman, contrary to the principles of good bridge resource management. Contributing to the accident was the lack of company and shipboard oversight to ensure crewmembers adhered to work/rest guidelines, resulting in fatigue of the helmsman.

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