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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-13-010
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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 FOSS MARITIME COMPANY: Develop a detailed passage plan for the inland waters portion of the Delta Mariner’s voyage to include specific information about all known risks and ensure the plan is understood and effectively used by bridge teams during transits.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Aurora, KY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: 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: 8/23/2013
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Foss Maritime Company (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Foss Maritime Company
Date: 8/23/2013
Response: We are pleased that, through a collaborative effort with its mariners and shore side operations team, Foss Maritime developed a detailed passage plan for the inland waters portion of the Delta Mariner’s voyage, to be used by its bridge teams during transits. The passage plan covers the entire voyage between Decatur, Alabama, and the deliver ports of Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and identifies, addresses, and mitigates all risks along the route. We are also pleased that you intend to continually update the plan as conditions along the route change and as new and improved methods for safe navigation are identified and employed. These efforts satisfy Safety Recommendation M-13-10, which is classified CLOSED—ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: NTSB
To: Foss Maritime Company
Date: 8/6/2013
Response: We are pleased that Foss Maritime issued (1) its regional guidance memorandum “River Advisors–Western Rivers” (Foss Atlantic #01-2013), which defines and documents the selection criteria for the river advisors and duties of both the river advisors and deck officers, and (2) its form titled “Western River Advisor Information Request” (#801), which aids the documentation and screening process of river advisors. Because these documents satisfy Safety Recommendation M-13-11, it is classified “Closed?Acceptable Action.” Further, because Foss Maritime will soon release a revised passage plan for the inland waters portion of the Delta Mariner’s voyage that will address Safety Recommendation M-13-10, this recommendation is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE pending issuance of the revised plan.

From: Foss Maritime Company
To: NTSB
Date: 7/9/2013
Response: -From Scott Merritt, Senior Vice President, Operations: Attached please find our “Passage & Operations Plan (All Common Routes)”. This is in response to NTSB Recommendation (M-13-10): “Develop a detailed passage plan for the inland waters portion of the Delta Mariner’s voyage to include specific information about all known risks and ensure the plan is understood and effectively used by bridge teams during transits.” This Passage Plan is the collaborative result of our mariners and shore side operations team having worked through the entire voyage between Decatur, Alabama and the deliver ports of Cape Canaveral, Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in an effort to identify, address and mitigate each and every risk along the route. This will be a living document that through use and review will be continually updated as the conditions along the route change and new and improved methods for safe navigation are identified and employed. It is currently in use aboard the Delta Mariner and will be reviewed at the 2nd of our Bridge Resource Management & Simulator Training sessions, to be held next week. We would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for the work of the investigation team at the NTSB on this incident. While a difficult process for us to go through we have no doubt that our operation and company are safer as a result. We thank you for helping us on our path to a zero incident operation.