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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-93-032
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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 CUNARD LINES, LTD.: REQUIRE THAT ALL PASSENGER BOARDING VESSELS AT INTERMEDIATE PORTS DURING A VOYAGE RECEIVE COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY AND EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS BY QUALIFIED CREWMEMBERS SOON AFTER BOARDING.
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: 11/15/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Cunard Line Ltd. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Cunard Line Ltd.
Date: 11/15/1993
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT CUNARD PROVIDES SAFETY AND EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS TO PASSENGERS AS REQUIRED BY UK MERCHANT SHIPPING NOTICE M.1217. BECAUSE CUNARD HAS ADOPTED A POLICY OF ALSO PROVIDING ALL EMBARKING PASSENGERS WITH A PERSONAL BRIEFING ON COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY AND EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS, RECOMMENDATION M-93-32 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Cunard Line Ltd.
To: NTSB
Date: 9/1/1993
Response: CUNARD FLEET INSTRUCTIONS WITH REGARD TO THE PROVISION OF SAFETY AND EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS TO PASSENGERS ARE BASED ON THE REQUIREMENTS OF UK MERCHANT SHIPPING NOTICCE M.1217. M.1217 CALLS FOR A MUSTER OF PASSENGERS WITHIN 24 HOURS BUT ALSO STATES THAT: "IF ONLY A SMALL NUMBER OF PASSENGERS EMBARK AFTER THE MUSTER HAS BEEN HELD, IT WILL BE SUFFICIENT, INSTEAD OF HOLDING ANOTHER MUSTER, TO DRAW WITH ATTENTION OF THESE PASSENGERS TO THE EMERGENCY INSTRUCTION...[DISPLAYED IN EACH PASSENGER CABIN, IN MUSTER STATIONS AS IN OTHER PASSENGER SPACES]." HOWEVER, THE COMPANY HAS NOW ADOPTED A POLICY OF PROVIDING ALL EMBRAKING PASSENGERS, REGARDLESS OF NUMBERS WITH A PERSONAL BRIEFING ON COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY AND EMERGENCY INSRUCTIONS.