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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-05-011
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Synopsis: On June 14, 2003, the small passenger vessel Taki-Tooo, a U.S. charter fishing vessel with 2 crewmen and 17 passengers on board, was en route from Garibaldi, Oregon, to the Pacific Ocean for a day of fishing. A small craft advisory was in effect for the northern Oregon and southern Washington coasts, and personnel at U.S. Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay, after assessing the hazardous conditions at the inlet, had activated the rough bar warning signs, restricting any transit attempts across the bar by recreational boats and uninspected passenger vessels. The restriction, however, did not apply to inspected small passenger vessels such as charter boats like the Taki-Tooo.
Recommendation: TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD: Until such time as your regulations are revised, issue guidance for mariners operating in Coast Guard-designated surf stations and regulated boating areas on the West Coast to require passengers and crew on small passenger vessels to wear lifejackets while transiting inlets where rough bar warnings are in effect.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Pacific Ocean, OR, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA03MM035
Accident Reports:
Capsizing of U.S. Small Passenger Vessel Taki-Tooo
Report #: MAR-05-02
Accident Date: 6/14/2003
Issue Date: 7/21/2005
Date Closed: 6/12/2009
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 6/12/2009
Response: The Coast Guard, with the assistance of industry groups, developed and implemented a go/no-go policy for each of the regulated boating areas defined in 33 CFR 177.08 (the ports along the Washington and Oregon coasts having dangerous bars) that included the wearing of lifejackets by crew and passengers when crossing the bars. These voluntary go/no-go plans are reviewed and accepted by the local Officer-in-Charge, Marine Inspection. This interim action fully addresses Safety Recommendation M-05-11; accordingly, the recommendation is classified Closed Acceptable Action.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 2/17/2009
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 2/20/2009 11:16:05 AM MC# 2090085: In order to develop policies or guidance for vessels crossing hazardous bars, a Natural Working Group (NWG) was created consisting of representatives from the Passenger Vessel Association, the Sport fishing Association of California, the National Association of Charterboat Operators, the National Party Boat Owners, and the National Marine Charter Association. This NWG devcloped Go/ No Go policies for each of the regulated boating areas defined in 33 CFR 177.08. ?he policies were voluntarily implemented in 2006 by the industry and, to date, have been well received. We have seen trips cancelled due to the policies being followed and have observed a culture shift making it taboo to attempt to cross thc bar when the majority of the fleet is staying at the dock due to adverse conditions. We consider our action on this recommendation complete and request that it be closed.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 2/15/2006
Response: The Safety Board notes that, pending revisions of 46 CFR Subchapter T as requested in Safety Recommendations M-05-9 and -10, the Coast Guard will issue interim guidance for mariners as described in Safety Recommendation M-05-11. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-05-11 is classified "Open-Acceptable Response," pending publication of the guidance document.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 10/17/2005
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 10/19/2005 9:19:54 AM MC# 2050487 10-17-05: We concur with the intent of this recommendation. We will issue interim guidance for mariners operating small passenger vessels in Coast Guard-designated surf stations and regulated boating areas on the West Coast encouraging them to require passengers and crew on small passenger vessels to wear lifejackets while transiting inlets where rough bar warnings are in effect. The guidance will include provisions for voluntary go/no-go policies and voluntary lifejacket wear policies. We will keep the Board informed of our progress on this recommendation