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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-05-008
Synopsis: About 1520 on October 15, 2003, the Staten Island Ferry Andrew J. Barberi, owned and operated by the New York City Department of Transportation, was at the end of a regularly scheduled trip from Manhattan to Staten Island when it allided at full speed with a maintenance pier at the St. George ferry terminal. Fifteen crewmembers and an estimated 1,500 passengers were on board. The assistant captain was at the controls but, for reasons that could not be determined, was unresponsive to cues of the impending allision. Except for one deckhand, the crewmembers also did not recognize that the ferry was in danger. Ten passengers died in the accident and 70 were injured. An eleventh passenger died 2 months later as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Damages totaled more than $8 million, including repair costs of $6.9 million for the Andrew J. Barberi and $1.4 million for the pier.
Recommendation: The National Transportation Safety Board makes the following safety recommendation to the Passenger Vessel Association: Encourage your member ferry operators to voluntarily request application of the Federal requirements at 33 CFR 96 for implementing a safety management system, if they have not already done so.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Bays and Sounds, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA04MM001
Accident Reports:
Allision of Staten Island Ferry Andrew J. Barberi
Report #: MAR-05-01
Accident Date: 10/15/2003
Issue Date: 3/18/2005
Date Closed: 6/29/2006
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Passenger Vessel Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Safety Management Systems

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Passenger Vessel Association
Date: 6/29/2006
Response: The Safety Board has reviewed the March 2006 edition of the PVA's Foghorn magazine, and is pleased to note that the PVA published a three-page article discussing safety management systems (SMS) and has encouraged its membership to implement an SMS that fits their operations. Because the PVA has taken action as requested, Safety Recommendation M-05-8 is classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Passenger Vessel Association
Date: 4/5/2006
Response: NTSB staff reviewed the March 2006 edition of the PVAs Foghorn and noted that the PVA published a 3 page article on safety management systems, with an endorsement that operators consider implementing a SMS for their vessels/operations.