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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-97-060
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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 BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE PORT NEW ORLEANS: DEVELOP, AS PART OF THE RIVER FRONT ALERT NETWORK, AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BROADCAST BY THE HARBOR POLICE DISPATCHER USING A PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM LINKED TO RIVERFRONT PROPERTIES THAT PROVIDES FOR TIMELY & EFFICIENT EVACUATION IN THE EVENT OF AN IMPENDING COLLISION OR OTHER EMERGENCY.
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: Board of River Port Pilot Commissioners for the Port of New Orleans (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Board of River Port Pilot Commissioners for the Port of New Orleans
Date: 2/6/1998
Response: (CLOSED IN A GREENSHEET) BECAUSE THESE REVISED EVACUATION PLANS MEET THE INTENT OF THE RECOMMENDATION THE BOARD CLASSIFIES M-97-60 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION"

From: Board of River Port Pilot Commissioners for the Port of New Orleans
To: NTSB
Date: 11/3/1997
Response: (FROM A GREENSHEET) DOCUMENTATION RECEIVED BY THE BOARD ON 11/3/97, OUTLINING THE ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN THE EVENT OF THE ACTIVATION OF THE RIVER FRONT ALERT NETWORK APPEARS TO ADD THE BOARD CONCERNS THAT PROMPTED THE ISSUANCE OF M-97-60 UNDER THE SPECIFIC EVACUATION PROTOCOLS DEVELOPED FOR RESPONDING TO THE ACTIVATION OF THE RIVER FRONT ALERT NETWORK, THE PROCEDURAL CHAINS OF COMMAND WITHIN EACH PROPERTY'S EVACUATION PLANS HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED, & PROPERTY SECURITY OFFICERS HAVE GIVEN AUTHORITY TO INITIATE AN EVACUATION IMMEDIATELY UPON HEARING A RIVER FRONT ALERT NETWORK BOARDCAST & ASSESSING THE DANGER.

From: Board of River Port Pilot Commissioners for the Port of New Orleans
To: NTSB
Date: 9/15/1997
Response: