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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-79-113
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Synopsis: ON AUGUST 27, 1978, THE AMERICAN CONTAINERSHIP SS SEA LAND VENTURE COLLIDED WITH THE DANISH TANKER M/T NELLY MAERSK WHILE OVERTAKING AT THE BEND INTO INNER BAR CHANNEL, GALVESTON, TEXAS. THE NELLY MAERSK, FULLY LOADED WITH MEDIUM CRUDE OIL AND MAKING ABOUT 7 KNS, HAD MADE THE TURN AND WAS STEADYING ON THE UPBOUND CHANNEL HEADING AS THE SEA-LAND VENTURE WAS CLOSING TO PORT. THE BOW OF THE SEA-LAND VENTURE WAS CRUSHED AS IT RAKED THE PORTSIDE AND AFTER DECKHOUSE OF THE NELLY MAERSK. THE NELLY MAERSK WAS PIVOTED INTO THE LEFT BANK AND GROUNDED, AND THE SEA-LAND VENTURE VEERED TO STAR BOARD INTO AN ANCHORAGE TO THE RIGHT OF THE CHANNEL. THERE WERE NO DEATHS OR INJURIES RESULTING FROM THE ACCIDENT. DAMAGE TO THE VESSELS WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $1.4 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE U.S. COAST GUARD: REQUIRE HELMSMEN IN THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE TO INFORM THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF NAVIGATION OF THE VESSEL WHEN RUDDER ORDERS HAVE BEEN EXECUTED, IN ADDITION TO THE PRESENT PRACTICE OF REPEATING THEM AS THEY ARE GIVEN.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Bays and Sounds, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA78AM033
Accident Reports: Collision of American Containership SS Sea-Land Venture and Danish Tanker M/T Nelly Maersk
Report #: MAR-79-16
Accident Date: 8/27/1978
Issue Date: 11/9/1979
Date Closed: 5/18/1981
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/18/1981
Response:

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 2/26/1981
Response: U.S. COAST GUARD LTR: THE COAST GUARD CONTINUES TO NOT CONCUR WITH THIS SAFEY RECOMMENDATION. WE BELIEVE THAT NO MASTER, PILOT, OR WATCH OFFICER SHOULD RELY ON HELMSMEN TO KEEP HIM INFORMED OF THE RUDDER'S POSITION. ALTHOUGH THE RECOMMENDED SYSTEM IS STANDARD PROCEDURE FOR U.S. MILITARY SEAGOING SERVICES, WE FIND NO JUSTIFICATION TO IMPOSE THIS REQUIREMENT ON THE CIVILIAN SECTOR. A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SOLAS 74 HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE IMCO NAVIGATION SAFETY SUBCOMMITTEE. THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES RUDDER ANGLE AND PROPELLER RPM INDICATORS TO BE READABLE FROM THE CONNING POSITION. APPROVAL OF THIS AMENDMENT, TOGETHER WITH CONTINUED ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE MONITORING OF THESE INDICATORS SHOULD MEET THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/21/1980
Response:

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 3/13/1980
Response: USCG LTR: THE COAST GUARD DOES NOT CONCUR WITH THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION. THIS A MILITARY PROCEDURE THAT HAS CARRIED OVER TO THE MERCHANT MARINE TO A GREAT EXTENT. IT MAY OR MAY NOT PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL SMALL SAFETY FACTOR. IN ANY EVENT, THE COAST GUARD BELIEVES THAT NO MASTER, PILOT, OR WATCH OFFICER SHOULD RELY WHOLLY ON HELMSMEN TO KEEP HIM INFORMED OF THE RUDDER'S POSITION. THEREFORE, THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION IS NOT CONSIDERED SUBSTANTIVE ENOUGH FOR RULEMAKING.