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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-80-006
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Synopsis: ON OCTOBER 3, 1978, THE PANAMANIAN S/T TEXACO IOWA COLLIDED WITH THE LIBERIAN M/T BURMAH SPAR WHILE BOTH TANK VESSELS WERE INBOUND AND MANEUVERING IN THE PILOT EXCHANGE AREA OFF PILOTTOWN, LOUISIANA. THE TOTAL DAMAGE TO THE VESSELS WAS ESTIMATED AT $680,000. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ASSOCIATED BRANCH PILOTS AND THE CRESCENT RIVER PORT PILOTS ASSOCIATION: REVIEW THE PILOT EXCHANGE BOARDING AND RADIOTELEPHONE COMMUNICATIONS PRACTICES USED OFF PILOTTOWN AND ESTABLISH A POLICY BY WHICH (1) THE BAR AND RIVER PILOTS MAINTAIN UNINTERRUPTED COMMUNICATIONS DURING THE PILOT EXCHANGE, AND (2) THAT THEY COMMUNICATE VESSEL COURSE AND SPEED INFORMATION AND THEIR MANEUVERING INTENTIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Lower Mississippi River, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA79AM001
Accident Reports: Collision of the S/T Texaco Iowa and the M/T Burmah Spar
Report #: MAR-80-03
Accident Date: 10/3/1978
Issue Date: 2/14/1980
Date Closed: 10/3/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Associated Branch Pilots (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Crescent River Port Pilots Association (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Associated Branch Pilots
Date: 10/3/1983
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE ASSOCIATED BRANCH PILOTS HAS IMPLEMENTED AND IS FOLLOWING THE BOARD'S SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS. BASED ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN YOUR RESPONSE, SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS M-80-6 THROUGH -8 HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED AS "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Associated Branch Pilots
To: NTSB
Date: 8/5/1983
Response: ASSOCIATED BRANCH PILOTS LETTER: THE THREE RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD OF MARCH 5, 1980, HAVE BEEN IN EFFECT BY MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATED BRANCH PILOTS. WE HAVE EXPERIENCED NO ACCIDENTS IN EXCHANGING PILOTS AT PILOTTOWN SINCE THE S/T TEXACO IOWA AND THE M/T BURMA SPAR INCIDENT. IN RESPONSE TO YOUR LETTER I WANTED TO LET THE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD KNOW THAT WE ARE FOLLOWING ALL OF THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS, AND THAT OUR SAFETY RECORD PILOTTING ON AVERAGE OF FIFTEEN THOUSAND VESSELS A YEAR IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS IS VERY GOOD.

From: NTSB
To: Associated Branch Pilots
Date: 8/2/1983
Response: The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent Federal agency with the statutory responsibility "...to promote transportation safety by conducting independent accident investigations and by formulating safety improvement recommendations" (P.L. 93-633). The Safety Board is vitally interested in any actions taken as a result of its Safety Recommendations. Our records show that we have not received any indication of action taken by your organization regarding the recommended actions. We would appreciate being informed as to what efforts were made to implement the above recommendations. Enclosed is the Safety Board's letter of recommendation with which the recommendations were issued.

From: NTSB
To: Crescent River Port Pilots Association
Date: 8/2/1983
Response: OUR RECORDS SHOW THAT WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY INDICATION OF ACTION TAKEN BY YOUR ASSOCIATION REGARDING THE RECOMMENDED ACTIONS. WE WOULD APPRECIATE BEING INFORMED AS TO WHAT EFFORTS WERE MADE TO IMPLEMENT THE ABOVE RECOMMENDATIONS. ENCLOSED ARE THE SAFETY BOARD DOCUMENTS WITH WHICH THE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE ISSUED.