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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-93-026
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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 THAT APPROPRIATE SAFETY STANDARDS BE DEVELOPED TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF DISABLED PEOPLE ABOARD PASSENGER VESSELS DURING AN EMERGENCY.
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: BECAUSE THE USCG MADE THE PROPOSAL TO THE IMO AS REQUESTED & IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED AT THE IMO IN DEVELOPING GUIDELINES FOR THE DESIGN & OPERATION OF PASSENGER SHIPS TO RESPOND TO THE ELDERLY & DISABLED PERSON'S NEED, WHICH WILL ADDRESS THE SAFETY OF DISABLED PEOPLE ABOARD PASSENGER VESSELS DURING AN EMERGENCY, M-93-26 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 9/23/1996
Response: PROPOSE TO THE IMO THAT APPROPRIATE SAFETY STANDARDS BE DEVELOPED TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF DISABLED PEOPLE ABOARD PASSENGER VESSELS DURING AN EMERGENCY.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 1/7/1994
Response: THE BOARD IS AWARE OF THE ONGOING INIIATIVES AT THE DOT. IN RESPONSE TO A COMPANION RECOMMENDATION (RECOMMENDATION M-93-27), THE SECRETARY WROTE THAT DOT AND THE USCG ARE ACTIVELY DISCUSSING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMERILCANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT IN THE MARINE MODE AND INTEND TO DEVELOP REGULATIONS WHEN THEY RECEIVE GUIDELINES FROM THE ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD, WHICH EXPECTS TO ISSUE THE GUIDELINES SOMETIME BETWEEN JUNE AND DECEMBER 1995. THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT FINAL RULES COULD BE PUBLISHED IN 1996 AND THAT THE USCG WILL ENDEAVOR TO ENSURE THAT IMO ADOPTS SIMILAR RULES. THEREFORE, PENDING PUBLICATION OF FINAL RULES ON THIS ISSUE, RECOMMENDATION M-93-26 HAS BEEN CLASSILFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 9/27/1993
Response: I CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. UNDER THE AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA), THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) HAS THE AUTHORITY TO COMPLETE STUDIES AND IMPLMENT REGULATIONS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF DISABLED PERSONS ON PASSENGER VESSELS. THE GENERAL COUNSEL HAS THE RESPONSIBLITY TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS AND POLICY FOR THE USCG TO ENFORCE. THE USCG IS PARTICIPATING IN A DOT WORKING GROUP ON THIS ISSUE, AND WE ARE PRESENTLY AT THE INITIAL STATE IN THE REGULATORY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS. THE INITIATION OF INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS IN THIS AREA SHOULD TAKE PLACE ONLY AFTER CONSENUS IS RECHED DOMESTICALLY REGARDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ADA. I WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR ACTIONS IN THE AREA OF DOMESTIC REGULATIONS AND ENSURE THAT THEY ARE PARALLELED WITH ACTIONS AT IMO AS NECESSARY.