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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-92-058
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Synopsis: ABOUT 0205 ON APRIL 21, 1991, IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY, OFF COVE POINT, MARYLAND, THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY SAILING VESSEL AMERICAN PROMISE AND BARGE E-2, WHICH WAS BEING PUSHED AHEAD OF THE TUG SUN COAST, COLLIDED. THE SAILING VESSEL HAD 12 CREWMEMBERS ON BOARD, THE TUG HAD 5 CREWMEMBERS, AND THE BARGE WAS UNMANNED. NO SERIOUS INJURIES RESULTED FROM THIS ACCIDENT. THE SAILING VESSEL SANK, BUT WAS SALVAGED. THE AMERICAN PROMISE SUSTAINED MORE THAN $800,000 DAMAGE AND THE BARGE E-2 SUSTAINED ABOUT $10,000 DAMAGE. THE SUN COAST WAS NOT DAMAGED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY: REQUIRE THAT NAVAL VESSELS HAVING VHF-FM RADIOTELEPHONE EQUIPMENT ON BOARD MONITOR VHF-FM CHANNEL 16 WHILE UNDERWAY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Bays and Sounds, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA91MM029
Accident Reports: ​Collision of the U.S. sailing vessel American Promise and the U.S. freight Barge E-2, being pushed ahead of the U.S. Tug M/V Sun Coast
Report #: MAR-92-01-SUM
Accident Date: 4/21/1991
Issue Date: 12/21/1992
Date Closed: 8/22/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: United States Department of Defense, Department of the Navy (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Defense, Department of the Navy
Date: 8/22/1994
Response: BECAUSE NAVY POLICY REQUIRES ALL U.S. NAVY VESSELS WITH THE EQUIPMENT CAPABILITY TO COMPLY WITH THE RECOMMENDED ACTION, M-92-58 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: United States Department of Defense, Department of the Navy
To: NTSB
Date: 6/17/1994
Response: THE USN RESPONSE IS QUITE LENGTHY, BUT THE FOLLOWING IS A SYNOPIS OF THE LETTER: * NAVY POLICY IS THAT ALL NAVAL VESSELS GUARD VHF-FM CHANNEL 13; * NAVY POLICY IS ACCORDANCE WITH US NATIONAL MARITIME MOBILE VHF, 152-162 MHZ CHANNELIZATION PLAN, WILL GUARD VHF-FM CHANNEL 16 IF THEY HAVE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT CAPABILITY; * IN AN UNSAFE SITUATION WITH AN OTHER VESSEL, OR FOR THE PURPOSE OF CALLING ANOTHER VESSEL, AS A MATTER OF PROCEDURE, NAVAL VESSEL WOULD USE VHF-FM CHANNEL 16; * THERE IS NO LEGAL REQUIREMENT FOR NAVAL VESSELS TO GUARD ANY VHF RADIOTELEPHONE CHANNELS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS, NAVY DOCTRINE RECOMMENDS MAINTAINING A CONTINUOUS GUARD ON VHF-FM CHANNEL 16 FOR ESTABLISHING COMMUNICATIONS WITH OTHER VESSELS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS, AS LONG AS THE VESSEL HAS THE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT CAPABILITY; THE NAVY STATES THAT PROVIDING SIMULTANEOUS GUARD ON BOTH VHF=FM CHANNEL 13 & 16 IS NOT WITHIN THE CAPABILITIES OF THE INSTALLED RADIOTELEPHONE EQUIPMENT ON BOARD MOST NAVAL VESSELS.

From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Defense, Department of the Navy
Date: 12/22/1993
Response: OUR RECORDS INDICATE THAT THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A RESPONSE TO THIS RECOMMENDAITON. WE WOULD APPRECIATE BEING INFORMED ABOUT EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN OR ARE BEING MADE TO IMPLEMENT THIS RECOMMENDATION. A COPY OF OUR LETTER DATED DECEMBER 21, 1992, IS ENCLOSED FOR YOUR INFORMATION.