On July 04, 2003 the M/T JO SEQUIOA was attempting
to navigate the Houston Ship Channel near markers 49 and 50, inbound.
The M/T JO SEQUIOA had a steering failure at this location.
The M/T JO SEQUIOA's rudder had locked hard-over to port.
As the M/T JO SEQUIOA was drifting to port,
the master attempted to go full astern,
this maneuver did not work as the engine overspeeded and tripped offline.
As the M/T JO SEQUIOA drifted to port,
the tug M/V TAYLOR MARIE and four barges were outbound
in the Houston Ship Channel in the same vicinity.
The M/T JO SEQUIOA struck the tow of the M/V TAYLOR MARIE
and caused damage to all four barges and to the tug.
After the collision, the M/T JO SEQUOIA ran aground.
The vessel was then refloated and towed to Houston for repair.
The M/V TAYLOR MARIE and all four of her barges
had damage due to the collision.
No personnel were hurt.