Philly Hires New Tugboat Firm After Duck Boat Crash

City contract with tugboat firm that hauled barge into Ride the Ducks boat is suspended

The city has hired a new tugboat operator for a sludge-hauling contract following this month's fatal Ride the Ducks tour boat crash on the Delaware River.

Two young Hungarian tourists died when a 250-foot barge driven by a tug collided with a Ride the Ducks boat, causing it to capsize and sink in the river. K-Sea Transportation, the tugboat firm whose contract with the city is now suspended, has not said yet whether there was a lookout on the barge on July 7 when it crashed into the tour boat.

Doug Oliver, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter, says McAllister Towing & Transportation Co., based in Gloucester City, N.J., will provide service on a month-to-month basis.

Oliver says K-Sea Transportation agreed to suspend its contract pending findings of a National Transportation Safety Board investigation.

K-Sea Transportation did not immediately return calls seeking comment Monday.

The city says it is ordering the new company to post lookouts on the barges.


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