NTSB reports on an expensive partial sinking of a moored towboat

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Even a partial sinking can be expensive and the National Transportation Safety Board has just released its report on one that brought a nearly $178,000 repair bill.

According to the NTSB, an obstructed check valve on a bilge pump led to the flooding and partial sinking of a 1979-built Marquette Transportation towing vessel​ Joanne Marie while moored at the Bollinger Quick Repair Shipyard on the Harvey Canal near New Orleans, in June last year.

The 65-foot-long Joanne Marie was found partially...


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