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Safety Recommendation M-13-011
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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: Clearly define the route expertise expected of Delta Mariner contract pilots and provide them and deck officers with specific guidance regarding the contract pilots’ duties and responsibilities and the type of guidance expected of them while serving on the bridge of a vessel.
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: 8/6/2013
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: 8/6/2013
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: 6/19/2013
Response: -From Scott Merritt, Senior Vice President Operations, Foss Maritime Company: Attached please find our Operations Guidance for River Advisor Qualifications to define and document the selection criteria for the River Advisors and duties of both the River Advisors and Deck Officers. You’ll see we also have a form developed to aid the documentation and screening process. This is in response to NTSB Recommendation (M-13-11): “Clearly define the route expertise expected of Delta Mariner contract pilots and provide them and deck officers with specific guidance regarding the contract pilots’ duties and responsibilities and the type of guidance expected of them while serving on the bridge of a vessel.” We will be releasing our revised “Passage Plan” document shortly which will detail specific expectations of the Bridge Team during the transit and precautions to be taken over the Route. We are currently reviewing the document in light of the release of your investigation. We will send you a copy when that review is complete.