Crew Members Accused of Causing Deadly Collision


Two crew members have been found guilty of causing a deadly collision resulting in the death of 11 crew members.

What happened?

On August 2, 2017 a deadly collision occurred between a pusher tug and a cargo vessel ‘Mercosul Santos’ near Óbidos, in Pará resulting in the death of eleven crew members.

After an investigation spanning around 5 months, it was found that the incident was caused by a failure to comply with navigation rules. The Pará Civil Police indicted two people, Raimundo Cruz and the practical Flávio Lins Barbosa, for the accident.

Audio crucial for nailing the guilty:

The police officials nailed the crew members based on the depositions and audios captured by the ship’s data recording system. The lack of contact and misunderstandings on the part of the crew of the “Mercosul Santos” had been decisive for the collision.

The crew members have been found guilty of not communication with the tug pusher due to lack of contact and misunderstandings. They were found guilty of their crimes related to maritime and fluvial navigation and the investigation has been handed over to the State Public Prosecutor’s Office of Pará.

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Source: Vessel Tracker


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