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SHIP NAME: Patriot KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source NTSB
type B
volume N
material
dead 0
link http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/1997/mar9701s.pdf

Interesting near miss. Master took modern one across, 95,000 dwt into path of Hurrican Roxanne in order to load at Dos Bocas in the Bay of Campeche. Ship was in ballast, started pitching and rolling so badly that the main engine tripped due to over-speed. The governor could not handle the prop coming out of the water. This has been noted several times in sister ships. Yard and maker said governor was working per spec. Attempts to restart resulted in more trip. Without power, they could not get more ballast on board. The ship was within 10 miles of going aground in the middle of a hurricane, but fortunately got into eye, they were able to ballast some of the cargo tanks, and get things under control.

NTSB rightly blamed Master for taking his ship into the predicted path of 130 knot hurricane. Master said he thought the storm would turn north, ship could handle it, and he was under pressure to tender NOR.

NTSB called for more shore control, made little mention of mechanical deficiencies, problems with one across ships.


source CTX
type
volume N
material
dead 0
link http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/M_Acc.htm

This was a Liberian flag ship in Mexican waters. NTSB had no authority to investigate but Conoco the owner requested an investigation anyway. To CTX's knowledge, this is unprecedented, certainly for a near-miss.