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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-05-014
Synopsis: The recommendations address the need for small passenger vessel companies that operate in U.S. Coast Guard-designated surf stations and regulated boating areas on the West Coast to have written go/no-go policies for transiting inlets when rough bar warnings are in effect as well as a company policy for requiring passengers and crew to wear lifejackets while the vessels are transiting a rough bar. The recommendations are derived from the Safety Board’s investigation of the capsizing of the small passenger vessel Taki-Tooo at the Tillamook Bay inlet on June 14, 2003, and are consistent with the evidence we found and the analysis we performed. The Safety Board would appreciate a response from you within 90 days addressing actions you have taken or intend to take to implement the recommendations.
Recommendation: The National Transportation Safety Board makes the following recommendations to the National Marine Charter Association: Recommend that your member small passenger vessel owners Operating within Coast Guard-designated surf stations and regulated boating areas on the West Coast develop and implement written go/no-go policies, based on risk-management principles, regarding transiting bars and inlets.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received
Mode: Marine
Location: Pacific Ocean, OR, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: 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: 8/29/2008
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: National Marine Charter Association (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: National Marine Charter Association
Date: 8/29/2008
Response: On December 14, 2006, the Safety Board requested information from the NMCA on action it had planned or taken to implement Safety Recommendations M-05-14 and -15, but to date, the Board has received no response. On several occasions, Board staff has exchanged emails, faxes, and telephone calls with your staff requesting information on the status of implementing these recommendations. Although your staff has indicated on numerous occasions that a response would be forthcoming, the Safety Board has not received one. Accordingly, we have no other choice but to classify Safety Recommendations M-05-14 and -15 Closed Unacceptable Action/No Response Received.

From: NTSB
To: National Marine Charter Association
Date: 12/14/2006
Response: Safety Board staff has attempted several times to obtain information from NMCA staff, but has been unable to confirm that any action has been taken to implement these safety recommendations. 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. The Safety Board would appreciate receiving an update on action that the NMCA has taken to implement Safety Recommendations M-05-14 and -15.