USCG To Hold Final Public Hearing on Tug Valour

Tuesday, February 06, 2007
The Coast Guard will hold the final public hearing for the investigation into the January 2006 sinking of the tug Valour, which claimed the lives of three crew members. Coast Guard marine investigators have recalled the crew of the Valour to obtain statements and finalize the timeline of events leading up to the sinking. Facts collected at this final hearing will be developed into a conclusion to be presented in the Coast Guard's final investigative report. Coast Guard marine investigators from Marine Safety Unit Savannah and Sector Charleston, S.C., have spent more than a year piecing together the events from the night Valour sank. The Coast Guard held its last public hearing regarding Valour March 1, 2006, in Tampa, Fla. Valour was towing a fully loaded cargo barge approximately 40-miles east of Wilmington, N.C., when the master of the vessel sounded the tug's general alarm due to a significant port list at about.

The weather off the coast of Wilmington was extreme that night with 30- to-50 knot sustained winds and 70-knot gusts with seas approximately 15- to-20 feet. One crewmember was swept overboard and rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. Six crewmembers were successfully recovered by the tug Justine Foss, one able-bodied seaman was unable to be retrieved and one passed away soon after being rescued. The Coast Guard launched an extensive search for the able-bodied seaman covering more than 1,700-square-nautical miles over a period of 16 hours using numerous surface and air assets. This search was not successful. One crewmember is believed to have sunk with the tug. The Coast Guard's investigation is intended to determine the causes of the accident and obtain information that may prevent or reduce the occurrence of similar incidents.

Maritime Reporter August 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Syncrude Uncertain about Plant Fire Affecting Production

The operator of Canada's largest synthetic crude project said on Saturday it is investigating the causes of an early morning fire at an upgrading plant. Firefighters extinguished the blaze,

Hurricane Ignacio Gains Strength but Expected to Bypass Hawaii

Hurricane Ignacio intensified as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Saturday, said the Central Pacific Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service.

United Heavy Lift Gears up for the Asian Boom

All set to expand its footprint in the South Asian market significantly, Hamburg based, United Heavy Lift (UHL) appointed strategically placed Lexicon Overseas Pvt Ltd.

Coast Guard

Hurricane Ignacio Gains Strength but Expected to Bypass Hawaii

Hurricane Ignacio intensified as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Saturday, said the Central Pacific Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service.

USCG Reopens Key West Ports After Erika Dissipates

Effective 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, Coast Guard Captain of the Port, reopened Key West, Florida, ports, terminals and facilities due to Tropical Storm Erika dissipating.

Man Earns Jail Time for Hoax Coast Guard Calls

A man found guilty of making numerous hoax calls to the U.K. Coastguard has been jailed for four months, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.4617 sec (2 req/sec)