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Safety Recommendation M-97-058
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Synopsis: ABOUT 2:11 P.M. ON 12/14/96, THE LIBERIAN FREIGHTER M/V BRIGHT FIELD WAS HEADED DOWNBOUND ON THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER. AS THE SHIP PASSED UNDER THE GREATER NEW ORLEANS HIGHWAY BRIDGES, ENGINE PROBLEMS OCCURRED, & THE VESSEL LOST STEERING CONTROL & STRUCK THE POYDRAS STREET WHARF. SEVERAL BUILDINGS ON THE WHARF WERE DAMAGED, & THE VESSEL NORROWLY MISSED COLLIDING WITH A MOORED GAMING VESSEL THAT HAD PASSENGERS & CREW ON BOARD. NO FATALITIES OCCURED, BUT 4 INDIVIDUALS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED & SOME 58 PERSONS SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES AS A RESULT OF THE ACCIDENT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE USCG: REQUIRE THAT ALL COMMERCIAL VESSELS THAT OPERATE WITHIN THE RIVER FRONT ALERT NETWORK ZONE PARTICIPATE IN THE NETWORK & NOTIFY THE USCG TRAFFIC LIGHT OPERATOR WHENEVER THEY EXPERIENCE AN IRREGULARITY OR ABNORMALITY THAT COULD RESULT IN A SAFETY RISK TO THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS AREA.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Lower Mississippi River, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA97MM014
Accident Reports:
Allision of the Liberian Freighter Bright Field with the Poydras Street Wharf, Riverwalk Marketplace and New Orleans Hilton Hotel
Report #: MAR-98-01
Accident Date: 12/14/1996
Issue Date: 9/4/1997
Date Closed: 2/6/1998
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 2/6/1998
Response: (CLOSED IN A GREENSHEET) BASED ON THIS RESPONSE, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES M-97-58 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 11/18/1997
Response: (FROM A GREENSHEET) THE LETTER TO BOARD, THE USCG STATED THAT EXITING REGULATIONS & LOCAL MARINE PRACTICE ARE NOW SERVING TO MMET THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. THAT LETTER STATE THAT, 3 CFR 160.215 REQUIRES VESSELS TO IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE NEAREST MARINE SAFETY OFFICE OR GROUP OF HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS ABOARD OR CAUSED BY THE VESSEL. CURRENTLY, THE VESSELS IN THE VICINITY OF THE TRAFFIC LIGHT NOTIFY THE TRAFFIC LIGHT OPERATOR WHO IS RESPONSIBLE TO THE MARINE SAFETY OFFICE. THROUGH 33 CFR 26.03 OR EXISTNG CAPTAIN OF THE PORT ORDRS, ALL VESSELS, INCLUDING MOORED PASSENGER VESSELS, MUST MONITOR CHANNEL 67 VHF. THEREFORE, WHEN A HAZARDOUS CONDITION IS REPORTED TO THE TRAFFIC LIGHT OPERATOR, HE ACTIVATES THE RIVERFRONT ALERT NETWORK BY CALLING THE HARBOR POLICE ON THE NETWORK RADIO. THE POLICY THEN NOTIFY THE IMPACTED PARTICIPATING FACILITIES & VESSELS. BETWEEN THE CHANNEL 67 NOTIFICATIONS & SUBSEQUENT RIVERFRONT ALERT NETWORK RADIO CALLS, ALL VESSELS & FACILITIES ARE NOTIFIED.