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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-15-007
Synopsis: The recommendations are derived from the NTSB’s investigation of the January 23, 2010, accident in which the 810-foot-long oil tanker Eagle Otome collided with the 597-foot-long general cargo vessel Gull Arrow at the Port of Port Arthur, Texas. A 297-foot-long barge, the Kirby 30406, which was being pushed by the towboat Dixie Vengeance, subsequently collided with the Eagle Otome. The tanker was inbound in the Sabine-Neches Canal with a load of crude oil en route to an ExxonMobil facility in Beaumont, Texas. Two pilots were on board, as called for by local waterway protocol. When the Eagle Otome approached the Port of Port Arthur, it experienced several unintended heading diversions culminating in the Eagle Otome striking the Gull Arrow, which was berthed at the port unloading cargo. A short distance upriver from the collision site, the Dixie Vengeance was outbound with two barges. The towboat master saw the Eagle Otome move toward his side of the canal, and he put his engines full astern but could not avoid the subsequent collision. The Kirby 30406, which was the forward barge pushed by the Dixie Vengeance, collided with the Eagle Otome and breached the tanker’s starboard ballast tank and the no. 1 center cargo tank a few feet above the waterline. As a result of the breach, 862,344 gallons of oil were released from the cargo tank, and an estimated 462,000 gallons of that amount spilled into the water. The three vessels remained together in the center of the canal while pollution response procedures were initiated. No crewmember on board any of the three vessels was injured.
Recommendation: TO THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD: Implement initial and recurring bridge resource management training requirements for pilots in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Port Arthur, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA10FM010
Accident Reports:
Collision of Tankship Eagle Otome with Cargo Vessel Gull Arrow and Subsequent Collision with the Dixie Vengeance Tow
Report #: MAR-11-04
Accident Date: 1/23/2010
Issue Date: 6/29/2015
Date Closed: 1/27/2016
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
Date: 1/27/2016
Response: We are pleased that the USCG worked with each Great Lake and St Lawrence Seaway pilot association to develop pilot training plans, and used its 2014 annual rulemaking authority to establish BRM training and other related training, including initial and recurrent training on a 5 year schedule. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-15-7 is classified CLOSED—ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: USCG
Date: 12/1/2015
Response: Mark E. Butt, Rear Admiral, USCG, Acting Deputy Commandant for Operations: I concur with this recommendation. We used the 2014 annual rulemaking to address funding for piiot training and created a funding mechanism to enable the pilot associations to participate in the following training on a five-year cycle: • Bridge Resource Management • Legal Aspects of Pilotage • Fatigue Training as recommended by the NTSB • Basic Emergency Ship Handling Simulator/Manned Models • Requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers In conjunction with training funding surcharge in the 2014 rate rulemaking, we worked with each association to develop and implement a training plan. We will continue to monitor pilot training to ensure that the associations participate in this type of training. I will keep the Board informed of our progress on this recommendation.