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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-92-060
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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 NAVAL ACADEMY: REQUIRE THAT OFFICERS ASSIGNED TO NAVAL ACADEMY VESSELS PROMPTLY USE THE VHF--FM RADIOTELEPHONE FOR MAKING PASSING AGREEMENTS WHEN ENCOUNTERING OTHER VESSELS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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: 4/16/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: United States Naval Academy (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: United States Naval Academy
Date: 4/16/1993
Response: THE BOARD AGREES THAT IT IS IMPRACTICAL AND MAY BE UNSAFE TO HAVE THE OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF NAVAL ACADMEY SAIL TRAINING VESSELS ATTEMPT TO CONTACT AND AGREE ON PASSING SIGNALS WITH ALL VESSELS ENCOUNTERED IN SUCH CROWDED CHANNELS AS ANNAPOLIS ROADS. THE BOARD AGREES THAT SAFETY WILL BE BEST SERVED BY EXPECTING THE OFFICERS TO KNOW AND FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD AND BY LETTING THEM DECIDE WHEN VERBAL PASSING AGREEMENTS ARE WARRANTED. THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE NAVAL ACADEMY IS STRONGLY EMPHASIZING THE DESIRABILITY OF MAKING VERBAL PASSING AGREEMENTS UNDER MOST CIRCUMSTANCES, PARTICULARLY WHEN A VESSEL ENCOUNTERS LARGE VESSELS IN THE CHESAPEAKE BY AND AT NIGHT. THEREFORE, RECOMMENDATION M-92-60 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATE ACTION.

From: United States Naval Academy
To: NTSB
Date: 2/1/1993
Response: CONCUR IN PRINCIPLE, HOWEVER, THIS RECOMMENDATION IF IMPLEMENTED AS WRITTEN, WOULD LEAVE NO ROOM FOR GOOD JUDGEMENT BY THE OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF NAVAL ACADEMY VESSELS. FOR EXAMPLE, AN ACADEMY VESSEL TRANSITING THE FOUR MILE FROM ACADEMY MOORINGS TO CAN #1 IN ANNAPOLIS ROADS WILL OFTEN TIME PASS SCORES OF VESSELS. TRYING TO MAKE VERBAL PASSING AGREEMENTS WITH EACH WOULD BE CONFUSING AND COULD DETRACT FROM SAFETY. THE ACADEMY BELIEVES THE NTSB AND SAFETY ARE BEST SERVED BY CHARGING THE OFFICERS IN CHARGE TO KNOW AND TO FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD, AND LEAVE SPECIFIC DECISIONS OF WHEN VERBAL PASSING AGREEMENTS SHOULD BE INITIATED TO THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF A VESSEL. HOWEVER, THE DESIRABILITY OF MAKING VERBAL PASSING AGREEMENTS, UNDER MOST CIRCUMSTANCES, AND ESPECIALLY WITH LARGE VESSELS NAVIGATING IN THE SHIPPING CHANNELS OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND AT NIGHT, WILL BE STRONGLY EMPHASIZED.