MV Andrew J. Barberi

The MV Andrew J. Barberi is one of two Barberi-class ferry boats operated as part of the Staten Island Ferry between Manhattan and Staten Island in New York City. The Barberi was named after the former coach of Curtis High School's football team. Barberi coached throughout the 1950s, '60s and '70s and was instrumental in the development of scholastic football on Staten Island.

2003 accident

On October 15, 2003, the Andrew J. Barberi was involved in a fatal accident. Eleven people died, including one decapitation, and 70 more were injured (including one man who lost his legs), as a result of the Barberi colliding with a pier on Staten Island.

The Barberi was rebuilt in West Brighton, Staten Island by Caddell Dry Dock & Repair Co. and on July 1, 2004, returned to regular service.

On March 8, 2005, the National Transportation Safety Board published a report on its investigation into the incident. The Board determined the probable cause of the allision as the assistant captain's unexplained sudden incapacitation, with a contributory cause of the Master's failure to maintain command and control of his vessel. 60 Minutes uncovered that the assistant captain was deprived of sleep when he crashed the boat.


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