NTSB: Fatigue a factor in tanker collision

Port Arthur, TX – A tanker ship pilot’s inadequate sleep schedule contributed to a collision last year that resulted in an estimated 462,000-gallon oil spill in the Sabine-Neches canal, according to a National Transportation Safety Board investigation.

The tanker ship collided with a cargo vessel while it was carrying about 570,000 gallons of crude oil. The collision caused a subsequent incident with a tow boat.

Officials believe the first pilot of the tanker was functioning on an inadequate amount of sleep due to his untreated obstructive sleep apnea and his work schedule. According to authorities, the first pilot also was distracted by a radio call, which the second pilot should have handled in accordance with guidelines.

None of the crewmembers on board any of the three vessels was injured during the incident.

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