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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-02-015
Synopsis: The recommendation addresses the adequacy of vessel maintenance. The recommendation is derived from the Safety Board's investigation of the fire on board the small passenger vessel Port Imperial Manhattan in the Hudson River, New York City, New York, on November 17, 2000, and is consistent with the evidence we found and the analysis we performed. As a result of this investigation, the Safety Board has issued safety recommendations to the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Communications Commission, the Passenger Vessel Association, and NY Waterway. The Safety Board would appreciate a response from you within 90 days addressing actions you have taken or intend to take to implement our recommendation.
Recommendation: The National Transportation Safety Board, therefore, makes the following safety recommendation to NY Waterway: For the vessels in your fleet, develop and implement a preventive maintenance program for systems affecting safe operation, including the hull and the mechanical and electrical systems.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: River, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA01MM008
Accident Reports:
Fire on Board the Small Passenger Vessel Port Imperial Manhattan
Report #: MAR-02-02
Accident Date: 11/17/2000
Issue Date: 7/3/2002
Date Closed: 4/15/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: NY Waterway (Closed - Acceptable Action)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: NY Waterway
Date: 4/15/2004
Response: On January 25, 2004, Mr. Edmund Welch, legislative director of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA), provided the Safety Board a copy of a PowerPoint presentation of the NY Waterway preventative maintenance system (PMS), which was discussed at the 2004 PVA convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. The PMS was developed and implemented for systems affecting safe operation, including the hull and the mechanical and electrical systems, as requested, for NY Waterway's entire fleet. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-02-15 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: NTSB
To: NY Waterway
Date: 3/26/2003
Response: To date, the Safety Board has not received any response from the NY Waterway addressing this recommendation. The Board is interested in knowing whether and how its recommendations are implemented, both to ensure that the public is provided the highest level of safety, and to identify creative solutions that might be shared with others. That is why we monitor the implementation of all our recommendations. We would appreciate receiving an update from you regarding actions taken or planned to implement this recommendation. Please address your response to Ms. Ellen G. Engleman, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board, and refer to the recommendation by number in your response. A copy of the recommendation letter is enclosed for your reference.