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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-08-003
Synopsis: At 1406 on July 18, 2006, the Bermuda-registered cruise ship Crown Princess, which was operated by Princess Cruises and had been in service about a month, departed Port Canaveral, Florida, for Brooklyn, New York, its last port on a 10-day round-trip voyage to the Caribbean. The vessel was equipped with an integrated navigation system1 that included a trackpilot (autopilot). About an hour after leaving port, the crew shifted from manual steering to the trackpilot. Two minutes later, the vessel’s heading began to fluctuate around the set heading. In response to an alarm indicating that the rudder had reached its set limit of movement (5° ), the staff captain increased the trackpilot’s rudder limit setting to 10° . Shortly afterward, the captain and staff captain left the bridge, leaving the second officer in charge of the navigation watch. The vessel was traveling at nearly full speed, about 20 knots, by that time.
Recommendation: The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the Cruise Lines International Association take the following action: Until the International Maritime Organization makes training in integrated navigation systems mandatory, recommend to your members that they voluntarily provide initial and recurrent training in integrated navigation system operation to crewmembers having watchkeeping responsibilities on vessels equipped with such systems, and include in that training a requirement for a demonstrated level of proficiency.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Port Canaveral, FL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA06MF018
Accident Reports:
Heeling Accident on M/V Crown Princess
Report #: MAR-08-01
Accident Date: 7/18/2006
Issue Date: 2/5/2008
Date Closed: 5/1/2009
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.
Date: 5/1/2009
Response: We appreciate receiving a copy of the memorandum CLIA issued to its members on December 15, 2008, which included Safety Recommendations M-08-3 and -4 and encouraged its membership to take the recommended actions. The memorandum states the following: As a result of the heeling incident on the Crown Princess, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the recommendations below to CLIA. After our detailed discussions with our Technical Committee, CLIA recommends to all members that they undertake the training delineated in these recommendations, noting that each CLIA member is responsible for implementing their own training program as applicable to the equipment onboard its vessels and consistent with the responsibilities of individual bridge watchstanders. Because this action satisfies Safety Recommendation M-08-3, the recommendation is classified Closed Acceptable Action.

From: Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.
Date: 11/26/2008
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 1/7/2009 3:07:49 PM MC# 2080761: The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) agrees and has made this recommendation to its members. We request that Recommendation M-08-3 be considered as Closed, Acceptable Action. We appreciate the effort of the NTSB to work with CLIA and the cruise shipping industry to identify causes of incidents involving cruise ships and for their work with our technical experts to identify and implement reasonable and effective corrective actions to minimize their occurrence. Please contact us directly if you have any questions or would like to discuss these matters further - (703) 516-4157 or Sincerely; Ted Thompson, Senior Vice President, Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.