NTSB Issues Report on April 2021 Liftboat Capsize

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Oct 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

"The capsizing occurred when the SEACOR Power was struck by severe thunder storm generated winds that exceeded the vessel's operational wind speed limits, causing a loss of stability. Other operational factors may have also played a role in the capsizing, including the Liftboat's trim by the stern (the difference between a ship's forward and aft drafts), its turn to port and speed through the water, a cargo shift, and movement 
of the vessel's legs."  Such is how the National Transportation Safety Board reported the cause of this Liftboat casualty resulting in multiple crew deaths.  

There were multiple recommendations made including to SEACOR which involved making sure "your vessel crews receive timely and accurate weather forecasts tailored to each vessel's location, including applicable National Weather Service watch and warning products when they are issued."

You can read a full copy of the NTSB report by clicking HERE.

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John K. Fulweiler

Proctor-In-Admiralty / Licensed U.S. Coast Guard Master Formerly a partner in a New York maritime law firm, John K. Fulweiler graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Marine Affairs degree and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. In addition to being recognized by...


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