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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-93-047
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Synopsis: ON DECEMBER 21, 1992, THE ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES-REGISTERED CONTAINERSHIP JURAJ DALMATINAC COLLIDED WITH THE TANK BARGE DUVAL 2, WHICH WAS BEING PUSHED BY THE U.S. TOWBOAT FREMONT, IN THE HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL (HSC), GLAVESTON BAY. THE BOW OF THE JURAJ DALMATINAC PENETRATED THE SIDE AND BOTTOM HULL OF THE BARGE, WHICH BUCKLED AND SANK. BOTH CARGO TANKS WERE BREACHED, AND THE BARGE'S CARGO OF MOLTEN SULPHUR SPILLED INTO THE WATERWAY.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE HARRIS COUNTY BOARD OF PILOT COMMISSIONERS: ESTABLISH WRITTEN RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES FOR MEMBERS OF THE HOUSTON PILOTS TO FOLLOW WHEN THEY ARE WORKING IN A TWO-PILOT SCHEME.
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 #: DCA93MM006
Accident Reports:
Collision of the U.S. Towboat Fremont and Tow with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines-Registered Containership Juraj Dalamtinac
Report #: MAR-93-02
Accident Date: 12/21/1992
Issue Date: 1/21/1994
Date Closed: 8/5/1999
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Texas, County of Harris, Board of Pilot Commissioners (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Texas, County of Harris, Board of Pilot Commissioners
Date: 8/5/1999
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD NOTES THAT THE HARRIS COUNTY BOARD OF PILOT COMMISSIONERS HAS ESTABLISHED WRITTEN GUIDELINES FOR ITS MEMBERS TO USE WHEN TWO PILOTS ARE WORKING ON BOARD VISIBILITY RESTRICTED VESSELS. ACCORDINGLY, M-93-47 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: State of Texas, County of Harris, Board of Pilot Commissioners
To: NTSB
Date: 6/23/1999
Response: THE HARRIS COUNTY BOARD OF PILOT COMMISSIONERS HAS ESTABLISHED GUIDELINES FOR THE HOUSTON PILOTS TO USE WHEN OPERATING IN A 2-PILOT SCHEME ON THE HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL.

From: NTSB
To: State of Texas, County of Harris, Board of Pilot Commissioners
Date: 2/19/1999
Response: WHILE THE SAFETY BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE HARRIS COUNTY BOARD OF PILOT COMMISSIONERS REQUIRES BRIDGE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (BRM) TRAINING FOR ALL MEMBER PILOTS, BRM TRAINING MAY NOT COVER THE TWO-PILOT SCHEME AND BRM TRAINING DOES NOT ESTABLISH WRITTEN GUIDELINES. THEREFORE, M-93-47 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--UNACCEPTABLE RESPONSE," PENDING FURTHER RESPONSE. THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE RECEIVING A COPY OF ANY WRITTEN TWO-PILOT SCHEME PROCEDURES THAT MAY BE ESTABLISHED.

From: State of Texas, County of Harris, Board of Pilot Commissioners
To: NTSB
Date: 12/8/1998
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 12/28/1998 3:08:56 PM MC# 981460 YOUR RECENT LETTER CONCERNING NTSB RECOMMENDATIONS M-93-47 AND -48 TO CHAIRMAN NED HOLMES OF THE HARRIS COUNTY BOARD OF PILOT COMMISSIONERS HAS BEEN DIRECTED TO ME FOR RESPONSE. FIRST, LET ME APOLOGIZE FOR THE LACK OF RESPONSE TO YOUR PREVIOUS INQUIRIES. I REALLY DON'T HAVE AN EXPLANATION BUT I ASSURE YOU THAT IT WAS NOT INTENTIONAL. I FURTHER ASSURE YOU THAT NO EFFORT WILL BE SPARED IN THE FUTURE TO ASSURE PROMPT ATTENTION AND TIMELY RESPONSES TO NTSB RECOMMENDATIONS. THE FOLLOWING IS PROVIDED CONCERNING YOUR PREVIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS. M-93-47 - FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS WITH THE PORT OF HOUSTON AUTHORITY, PILOT BOARD INVESTIGATION AND RECOMMENDATION COMMITTEE, THE PILOTS' ASSOCIATION INITIATED BRIDGE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR ALL MEMBERS AND ALL BUT SIX HAVE RECEIVED THE TRAINING. M-93-48 - ARPA TRAINING IS REQUIRED FOR ALL DEPUTY PILOTS AND ENCOURAGED FOR ALL OTHERS.

From: NTSB
To: State of Texas, County of Harris, Board of Pilot Commissioners
Date: 10/21/1998
Response: ON 4/8/97, & AGAIN ON 4/17/98, THE BOARD REQUESTED INFO FROM YOU CONCERNING ACTION TAKEN OR CONTEMPLATED WITH REGARD TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS. ON 4/25/97, YOU ACKNOWLEDGED RECEIVING OR FIRST INQUIRY. TO DATE, WE HAVE NOT HEARD FROM YOU AGAIN. BECAUSE THE HARRIS COUNTY BOARD OF PILOT COMMISSIONERS HAS NOT RESPONDED TO THE BOARD ABOUT THE STATUS OF M-93-47 & -48, THESE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION, NO RESPONSE RECEIVED." SHOULD THE BOARD RECEIVE ANY INFO FROM HARRIS COUNTY BOARD OF PILOT COMMISSIONERS CONCERNING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, WE WILL GIVE FULL CONSIDERATION TO AMENDING THEIR CLASSIFICATIONS.

From: State of Texas, County of Harris, Board of Pilot Commissioners
To: NTSB
Date: 8/18/1998
Response: NO RESPONSE TO 3 INQUIRIES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Texas, County of Harris, Board of Pilot Commissioners
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: ON 4/8/97, THE BOARD ASKED ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS. ON APRIL 25, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIVING OUR INQUIRY. TO DATE, WE HAVE NOT HEARD FROM YOU AGAIN. WE WOULD APPRECIATE BEING INFORMED A OUT EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN OR ARE BEING MADE TO IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS. COPIES OF OUR 1/21/94, & 4/8/97, AND YOUR 4/25/97 CORRESPONDENCE ARE ENCLOSED.

From: NTSB
To: State of Texas, County of Harris, Board of Pilot Commissioners
Date: 3/3/1998
Response: STILL NO RESPONSE FOR THE HARRIS CO. PILOT ON ACTION TAKEN TO IMPLEMENT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.

From: State of Texas, County of Harris, Board of Pilot Commissioners
To: NTSB
Date: 4/25/1997
Response: HARRIS CO. PILOTS ACKNOWLEDGE OUR INQUIRY.

From: NTSB
To: State of Texas, County of Harris, Board of Pilot Commissioners
Date: 4/8/1997
Response: TO DATE, THE BOARD HAS RECEIVED NO CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE HARRIS COUNTY BOARD PILOT COMMISSIONERS. WE WOULD APPRECIATE BEING INFORMED ABOUT EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN OR ARE BEING MADE TO IMPLEMENT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.