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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-90-022
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 15, 1989, THE 421-FOOT-LONG PANAMANIAN PASSENGER VESSEL M/V VIKING PRINCESS RAMMED THE 135-FOOT-LONG U.S. NAVY VESSEL YFU-97 WHICH WAS MOORED AT BERTH NO. 7 AT THE PORT OF PALM BEACH, FLORIDA. THE VIKING PRINCESS, WITH 613 PASSENGERS ON BOARD, HAD RETURNED FROM SEA AFTER A 10-HOUR CRUISE. NO ONE ON EITHER VESSEL WAS INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE U.S. COAST GUARD: PROPOSE TO THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION, TO REQUIRE THAT VESSELS EQUIPPED WITH A LOCAL PROPELLER PITCH CONTROL STATION BE EQUIPPED WITH A DIRECT MEANS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE BRIDGE AND THE LOCAL CONTROL STATION.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Harbor, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA89MM031
Accident Reports:
Ramming of the U.S. Navy YFU-97 by the Panamanian Passenger Vessel Viking Princess
Report #: MAR-90-03
Accident Date: 2/15/1989
Issue Date: 3/21/1990
Date Closed: 6/21/1991
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 6/21/1991
Response: Safety Recommendation M-1 O-22 asked that the Coast Guard propose to the International Maritime Organ zation (IMO) to require that vessels equipped with a local propeller pitch icontrol station be equipped with a direct means of communication between the bridge and the local control station. We appreciate receiving the copy of the agenda item that the Coast Guard submitted to the IMO on this subject. The Safety Board notes that the Coast Guard has proposed to the IMO that a requirement for an effective means of communication between the navigating bridge and local stations for thecontrol of the speed and direction of thrust of the propeller be incorporated into the Safety of Life At Sea requirements. We have, therefore, classified Safety Recommendation M-90-22 as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 3/7/1991
Response: I CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE COAST GUARD HAS PROPOSED TO THE IMO THAT A REQUIREMENT FOR AN EFFECTIVE MEANS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE NAVIGATING BRIDGE AND LOCAL STATIONS FOR THE CONTROL OF THE SPEED AND DIRECTION OF THRUST OF THE PROPELLER BE INCORPORATED INTO SOLAS REQUIRE MENTS. PRESENT COAST GUARD REGULATIONS REQUIRE U.S. FLAG VESSELS TO HAVE SOUND POWERED TELEPHONE COMMUNICATIONS OR ENGINE ORDER TELEGRAPH BETWEEN THE NAVIGATING BRIDGE, ENGINE CONTROL ROOM AND LOCAL CONTROL STATION IN THE MACHINERY SPACE. A COPY OF OUR AGENDA ITEM SUBMITTED TO IMO ON THIS TOPIC IS ENCLOSED.