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NTSB Issues Initial Finding on March 2014 Ship Channel Collision

The National Transportation Safety Board this week issued its initial report on a March 2014 collision in the Houston Ship Channel between the bulk carrier Summer Wind and the Miss Susan tow in lower Galveston Bay, which led to an oil spill and temporary closure of the channel. While the accident occurred on a foggy […]

The National Transportation Safety Board this week issued its initial report on a March 2014 collision in the Houston Ship Channel between the bulk carrier Summer Wind and the Miss Susan tow in lower Galveston Bay, which led to an oil spill and temporary closure of the channel.

While the accident occurred on a foggy day, the NTSB says there was a lot of blame to go around: the Miss Susan captain shouldn't have tried to cross the channel ahead of the Summer Wind. The Summer Wind was moving too fast. And neither communicated effectively with the other — nor with the Houston/Galveston vessel traffic service.

We learn more about the report from News 88.7’s Dave Fehling.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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