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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-93-025
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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 TO THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION A REQUIREMENT THAT ALL PASSENGER BOARDING VESSELS AT INTERMEDIATE PORTS DURING A VOYAGE RECEIVE COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY AND EMERGENCY INSRUCTIONS BY QUALIFIED CREWMEMBERS SOON AFTER BOARDING.
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 #: 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: 1/7/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 1/7/1994
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE MSC DRAFTED A RESOLUTION DETERMINING THE MINIMUM TRAINING STANDARDS FOR THE CREWS THAT WILL BE CHARGED WITH ASSISTING PASSENGERS IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. THE USCG IS TO BE COMMENDED FOR THESE INITIATIVES. AS A RESULT, RECOMMENDATION M-93-25 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 9/27/1993
Response: I CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. CHAPTER 111, REGULATIION 18, SECTION 3.2, OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA (SOLAS), ALREADY REQUIRES INSTRUCTION OF PASSENGERS WITH EMBARK AT A PORT AFTER THE INITIATION OF AVOYAGE. IN ADDITION, IMO'S MARITIME SAFETY RECOMMITTEE APPROVED "GUIDELINES FOR PASSENGER VESSEL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS" AT ITS 62ND SESSION IN MAY 1993, AND INVITED ALL MEMBER GOVERNMENT TO BRING THEM TO THE ATTENTION OF PASSENGER SHIP OWENERS, VESSEL MASTERS AND CREWS, AND ALL OTHER CONCERNED. THESE GUIDELINES PROVIDE SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS ON EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS REQUIRED TO BE GIVEN TO PASSENGERS AS PER SOLAS CHAPTER III, REGULATION 8. THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ADDRESS: SHIP EVACUATION PHILOSOPHY; EMERGENCY ESCAPE DIAGRAMS IN STATEROOM, PUBLIC AREAS, AND ESCATE ROUTES; STANDARDIZED AND CLEARLY AUDIBLE EMERGENCY BOARDCASTS ON THE VESSEL PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS; AND STANDARDIZED DECK AND CABIN NUMBERING SYSTEMS. THESE GUIDELINE EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS COUPLED WITH EXISTING SOLAS REGULATIONS SATISFY THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION, AND I REQUEST THAT IT BE CLOSED.