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Lack of pilot experience led to fatal capsizing

from The Maritime Executive

A towboat company’s decision to place an inadequately vetted pilot on board a towing vessel on which he did not have previous experience, led to an accident that killed two mariners, according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report. The report details the NTSB’s investigation of the March 12, 2018, capsizing and sinking of the towing vessel Natalie Jean at mile 90.5 of the Lower Mississippi River, near New Orleans. more

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