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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-92-064
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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 AMERICAN WATERWAY OPERATORS: PUBLICIZE THIS ACCIDENT TO YOUR MEMBERS AND EMPHASIZE THE NEED TO HAVE WINDSHIELD WIPERS OR OTHER SUITABLE MEANS OF KEEPING PILOTHOUSE WINDOWS CLEAR OF PRECIPITATION TO IMPROVE VISIBILITY FOR VESSEL OPERATORS AND LOOK-OUTS.
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
Accident Date: 4/21/1991
Issue Date: 12/21/1992
Date Closed: 3/8/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Waterways Operators (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Waterways Operators
Date: 3/8/1993
Response: THE BOARD WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE AWO PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE ACCIDENT IN THE JANUARY 15, 1993, ISSUE OF THE AWO LETTER, THE AWO'S BIWEEKLY NEWSLETTER. THEREFORE, SAFETY RECOMMENDATION M-92-64 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: American Waterways Operators
To: NTSB
Date: 1/19/1993
Response: Thank you for your letter of December 21, 1992, informing us of the National Transportation Safety Board's findings regarding the April 1991 collision of the U.S. sailing vessel AMERICAN PROMISE and the freight barge E-2 off Cove Point, Maryland, in the Chesapeake Bay. In response to the Safety Board's recommendation that the American Waterways Operators "publicize this accident…and emphasize the need to have windshield wipers or other suitable means of keeping pilothouse windows clear of precipitation…" the attached article was published in the January 15 edition of the AWO Letter, the Association's biweekly newsletter. The AWO Letter is read by nearly 400 carrier, shipyard, and affiliate members of AWO, as well as Members of Congress, executive branch personnel, and other industry observers.