Thursday, September 11, 2008

Coast Guard Hearing Continues on Mel Oliver Collision in New Orleans

Jan Stefan Bjarve, the Captain of the Tintomara(the tanker involved in the crash) blames the tug boat. In his testimony about the collision, he said the trip up the river was a fairly routine one, then he saw the Mel Oliver (the tug boat) coming across his path. Bjarve said he could see the Mel Oliver Coming vary close, and that its speed was increasing. It was determined earlier by the Coast Guard that an unlicensed apprentice steersman was at the controls of the Mel Oliver at the time of the accident. The apprentice steersman is essentially someone with a maritime learner’s permit. A tape was played of the Tintomara’s radio call trying to alert the Mel Oliver. Click Here

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