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Safety Recommendation M-93-022
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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. COST GUARD: AMEND THE NAVIGATION SAFETY REGULATIONS (33 CFR 164.35(G)) TO REQUIRE THAT SQUAT CHARACTERISTICS BE INCLUDED WITH THE MANEUVERING INFORMATION ON VESSELS, AS RECOMMENDED BY IMO RESOLUTION A.601(15), FOR DEEP-DRAFT, HIGH-SPEED VESSELS OVER 1,600 GROSS TONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable 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 - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 3/20/1997
Response: THE BOARD DOES NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE USCG BELIEVES THAT IMO RESOLUTION A.601(15) MUST BECOME MANDATORY BEFORE THE DOMESTIC REGULATIONS CAN BE AMENDED. BECAUSE AFTER MORE THAN 3 YEARS OF DELIBERATION THE USCG WILL NOT AMEND THE U.S. REGULATIONS UNTIL COMPLETION OF THE IMO REGULATORY ACTION, M-93-22 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 9/23/1996
Response: AMEND THE NAVIGATION SAFETY REGULATIONS (33 CFR 164.35(G)) TO REQUIRE THAT SQUAT CHARACTERISTICS BE INCLUDED WITH THE MANEUVERING INFO OF VESSELS, AS RECOMMENDED BY IMO RESOLUTION A.601(15), FOR DEEP-DRAFT, HIGH-SPEED VESSELS OVER 1,600 GROSS TONS.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 1/7/1994
Response: RECOMMENDATION M-93-22 ASKED THE USCG TO AMEND THE NAVIGATION SAFETY REGULATIONS, (33 CFR 164.35(G)) TO REQUIRE THAT SQUAT CHARACTERISTICS BE INCLUDED WITH THE MANEUVERING INFORMATION ON VESSELS, AS RECOMMENDED BY IMO RESOLUATION A.601(15) FOR DEEP DRAFT, HIGH-SPEED VESSELS OVER 1,600 GROSS TONS. BECAUSE THE USCG HAS AGREED TO CONSIDER IMPLEMENTING THIS RECOMMENDATION, PENDING THE OUTCOME OF THE IMO'S PROJECT TO DEVELOP THE INFORMATION DESCRIBED IN THE DISCUSSION OF RECOMMENDATION M-93-21, RECOMMENDATION M-93-22 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONE." THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE PERIODIC UPDATES ON THE IMO'S PROGRESS IN DEVELOPING THE INFORMATION.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 9/27/1993
Response: I PARTIALLY CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. AS DISCUSSED IN MY RESPONSE TO RECOMMENDATION M-93-22, SUFFICIENT INFORMATION IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON SINKAGE AND TRIM OF HIGH SPEED HULL FORMS IN SHALLOW WATER. I WILL CONSIDER IMPLEMENTING THIS RECOMMENDATION WHEN WE HAVE COMPLETED ACTION ON M-93-22. RESPONDING TO M-93-22, THE USCG STATED: I PARTIALLY CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. BEFORE PROPOSING THAT RESOLUTION A.601(15) BE INCORPORATED INTO THE SOLAS CONVENTION, BASIC RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED ON SHALLOW WATER EFFECT 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 MODEL TEST PRORAM. THIS SERIES CAN THEN BE USED IN COMBINATION WITH EXISTING MODEL DATA FOR TANKERS TO RAIONALLY 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 RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF A.601(15) INTO THE SOLAS CONVENTION. I WILL KEEP THE BOARD INFORMED AS DEVELOPMENTS OCCUR REGARDING THIS RECOMMENDATION.