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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-13-009
Synopsis: The M/V Delta Mariner, a cargo vessel carrying rocket components from the manufacturer in Decatur, Alabama, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, allided with Eggner’s Ferry Bridge on the Tennessee River on the night of January 26, 2012, near Aurora, Kentucky. As the vessel approached the bridge, the bridge team maneuvered the Delta Mariner away from the main navigation span and toward a span providing insufficient clearance for the vessel.1 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) launched an investigation to determine why the allision occurred and to identify measures to prevent the occurrence of a similar accident. The NTSB identified several safety issues during the investigation: • Performance of the Delta Mariner bridge team and the contract pilot2 hired to assist them, including passage planning, their understanding of their roles and responsibilities, and their use of navigation equipment. • Effectiveness of the vessel’s safety management system and safety oversight by Foss Maritime Company, the owner of the vessel. • Maintenance of navigation lighting on Eggner’s Ferry Bridge, overall responsibility for inspection and repair of Kentucky bridge navigation lighting, and the role of the US Coast Guard related to navigation lighting on bridges over inland waterways and broadcast warnings to mariners about potential navigation hazards.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION: Alert state department of transportation bridge maintenance divisions to the circumstances of this allision and their responsibility to maintain bridge navigation lighting inaccordance with US Coast Guard regulations.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Aurora, KY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA12FM006
Accident Reports: ​Allision of the Cargo Vessel M/V Delta Mariner with Eggner’s Ferry Bridge
Report #: MAR-13-02
Accident Date: 1/26/2012
Issue Date: 6/12/2013
Date Closed: 12/3/2013
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FHWA (Closed - Acceptable Action)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
Date: 12/3/2013
Response: We are pleased that the FHWA alerted all state departments of transportation, bridge maintenance divisions, to the circumstances of this allision and reminded them of their responsibility to maintain bridge navigation lighting in accordance with US Coast Guard regulations, as recommended. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M 13-9 is classified CLOSED—ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: FHWA
Date: 9/13/2013
Response: -From Victor M. Mendez, Administrator: On August 30, the Federal Highway Administration directed Division Administrators and Division Bridge engineers to contact their State departments of transportation to discuss this recommendation and the relevant regulations. A copy of the email is enclosed. Given the above described actions, we respectfully request that recommendation H-08-01 [sic] be classified as "Closed- Acceptable Action."