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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-93-024
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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: TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD: Provide guidelines to boarding officers investigating marine accidents about informing marine employers of their responsibility to conduct toxicological testing and on providing assistance when necessary (such as providing sampling kits and making arrangements for testing with local approved laboratories). (Superseded by M-94-11)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action/Superseded
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: 6/30/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action/Superseded)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 6/30/1994
Response: IT IS INCUMBENT ON THE USCG TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO EMPLOYERS BECAUSE THE USCG DEALS REGULARLY WITH MARINE ACCIDENTS & POSTACCIDENT TESTING & SHOULD BE FULLY AWARE OF THE LAW. IN SEVERAL MARINE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS, THE BOARD HAS ADDRESSED THE NEED FOR IMPROVED TESTING PROCEDURES. AS A RESULT OF THE 1992 GROUNDING OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, THE BOARD ISSUED M-93-24, WHICH ASKED THE USCG TO PROVIDE GUIDELINE TO BOARDING OFFICERS. THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONESE." HOWEVER, TO STRESS THE TIME-SENSITIVE NATURE OF SAMPLE COLLECTION AND ENCOURAGE MARINE EMPLOYERS TO FULFILL THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE, THE BOARD HAS RECLASSIFIED M-93-24 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION/SUPERSEDED [BY THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATION]" M-94-11.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 1/7/1994
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE USCG CONCURS AND INTENDS TO REVISE EXISTING GUIDELINES TO INCORPORATE THIS RECOMMENDATION. THEREFORE, PENDING PUBLICATION OF THE MARINE SAFETY MANUAL REVISIONS AND NOTIFICTION THAT THE COURSE FOR INVESTIGATING OFFICERS HAS BEEN AMENDED TO INCLUDE THE RECOMMENDED GUIDANCE, RECOMMENDATION M-93-24 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 9/27/1993
Response: I CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. USCG INVESTIGATING OFFICERS RECEIVE INSTRUCTION REGARDING POST CASUALTY TESTING RESPONSIBILITIES AND PROCEDURES DURING THEIR FORMAL INSTRUCTION AT THE INVESTIGATING OFFICER COURSE AT YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA, AND THROUGH FIELD TRAINING. GUIDELINES ARE PROVIDED TO INVESIGATING OFFICERS IN THE USCG'S MARINE SAFETY MANUAL AND IN OTHER POLICY DOCUMENTS. INFORMATION CONCERNING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR POST ACCIDENT TESTING IS PROVIDED DIRECTLY TO MARINE EMPLOYERS FROM COMMANDANT (G-MMI) AND LOCAL MARINE SAFETY OFFICES. EXISTING GUIDELINES WILL BE REVISED TO PROVIDE RECOMMENDED INFORMATION.