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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-93-021
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Synopsis: ON AUGUST 7, 1992, THE UNITED KINGDOM PASSENGER VESSEL RMS (ROYAL MAIL SHIP) QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 (QE2) WAS OUTBOUND IN VINEYARD SOUND, MASSACHUSETTS, WHEN THE VESSEL GROUNDED ABOUT 2 1/2 MILES SOUTH OF CUTTYHUNK ISLAND. NO INJURIES OR DEATHS RESULTED FROM THIS ACCIDENT. HOWEVER, DAMAGE WAS SIGNIFICANT; TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT REPAIRS COST ABOUT $13.2 MILLION. IN ADDITION, THE TOTAL REVENUE LOST FOR THE PERIOD BEFORE THE VESSEL RETURNED TO SERVICE ON OCTOBER 2, 1992, WAS ESTIMATED AT $50 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE U.S COAST GUARD: PROPOSE THAT THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION INCORPORATE IMO RESOLUTION A.601(15), "PROVISION AND DISPLAY OF MANEUVERING INFORMATION ON BOARD SHIPS," INTO THE SOLAS CONVENTION.
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 #: DCA92MM034
Accident Reports:
Grounding of the United Kingdom Passenger Vessel RMS Queen Elizabeth 2
Report #: MAR-93-01
Accident Date: 8/7/1992
Issue Date: 6/25/1993
Date Closed: 3/20/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 3/20/1997
Response: ALTHOUGH THE BOARD IS DISAPPOINTED THAT THE RECOMMENDATION TO INCORPORATE RESOLUTION A.601(15) INTO SOLAS WAS NOT ACCEPTED BY THE IMO, BECAUSE THE USCG DID MAKE THIS PROPOSAL AS REQUESTED, M-93-21 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION." FURTHER, WE UNDERSTAND THAT MOST IMO MEMBERS FELT THAT ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE IN DETERMINING SQUAT CHARACTERISTICS WOULD BE BE NECESSARY & THAT THIS ITEM REMAINS ON THE AGENDA AT THE IMO FOR FUTURE ACTION. THE BOARD APPRECIATES THE USCG'S COMMITMENT TO THIS ISSUE & WILL MONITOR ITS PROGRESS AT THE IMO.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 9/23/1996
Response: PROPOSE THAT THE IMO INCORPORATE IMO RESOLUTION A.601(15), "PROVISION & DISPLAY OF MANEUVERING INFO ON BOARD SHIPS," INTO THE SOLAS CONVENTION.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 1/7/1994
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE USCG PLANS TO MAKE THE PROPOSAL. THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT INFORMATION ON SINKAGE AND TRIM OF HIGH-SPEED HULL FORMS IN SHALLOW WATER NEEDS TO BE DEVELOPED BEFORE THE RESOLUTION CAN BE INCORPORATED. BECAUSE THE USCG HAS AGREED TO PROPOSE THAT THE IMO DEVELOP SUCH INFORMATION, RECOMMENDATION M-93-21 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 9/27/1993
Response: I PARTIALLY CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDTATION. BEFORE PROPOSING THAT RESOLUTION A.601(15) BE INCORPORATED INTO THE SOLAS CONVENTION, BASIC RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED ON SHALLOW WATER EFFECTS OF HIGH SPEED SHIPS. TO ACCOMPLISH THIS, THE QE2 ACCIDENT FINDINGS AND OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION WILL BE PRESENTED TO IMO WITH A RECOMMENDATION THAT FURTHER ACTION BE TAKEN. THIS ACTION SHOULD INCLUDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MODEL TESTING CRITERIA FOR HIGH SPEED SHIPS IN SHALLOW WATER, AND A SERIES OF MODEL TESTS ON HIGH SPEED HULL FORMS ABOVE, BELOW, AND AT THE CRITICAL FROUDE NUMBER. THIS SERIES OF MODEL TESTS WILL BRACKET IMPORTANT PARAMETERS THAT AFFECT SINKAGE AND TRIM. VALIDATION OF EXISTING COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR PREDICTING SINKAGE AND TRIM SHOULD ALSO BE PART OF THE TEST MODEL PROGRAM. THIS SERIES CAN THEN BE USED IN COMBINATION WITH EXISTING MODEL DATA FOR TANKERS TO RATIONALLY ESTIMATE SINKAGE AND TRIM FOR MOST SHIP FORMS AND SPEEDS. ONCE THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE, A RATIONAL ESTIMATE OF SINKAGE AND TRIM CAN BE OBTAINED AND A RECOMMENDATION CAN BE MADE TO INCORPORATE REVELANT PROVISIONS OF A.601(15) INTO THE SOLAS CONVENTION. I WILL KEEP THE BOARD INFORMED AS DEVELOPMENTS OCCUR REGARDING THIS RECOMMENDATION.