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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-97-061
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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 OF NEW ORLEANS: REQUIRE ALL VESSELS THAT DOCK OR MOOR IN THE AREA ENCOMPASSED BY THE RIVER FRONT ALERT NETO MONITOR THE RIVER FRONT ALERT NETWORK RADIO FOR ANY EMERGENCY ALERT BOARDCAST TO PROVIDE MAXIMUM ADVANCE NOTICE OF AN EMERGENCY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
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Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Board of River Port Pilot Commissioners for the Port of New Orleans (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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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: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE COTP ORDER REQUIRING SUCH MONITORING WAS AN INTERIM, & POSSIBLE TEMPORARY, MEASURE. THE USCG HAS SINCE PUBLISHED AN INTERIM RULE THAT, WHEN ISSUED AS A FINAL RULE, WILL MAKE PERMANENT THE COTP ORDER. IN ANTICIPATION THAT THE INTERIM RULE REGARDING MANNED PILOTHOUSE & RADIO MONITORING WILL BECOME PERMANENT AS 33 CFR 165.810(E), THE BOARD CLASSIFIES M-97-61 "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: Board of River Port Pilot Commissioners for the Port of New Orleans
To: NTSB
Date: 9/15/1997
Response: (FROM A GREENSHEET) REPLY TO THE BOARD, THE DOCK BOARD SAID THAT THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION SHOULD BE MET BY THE POSTACCIDENT COTP ORDER REQUIRING THAT ALL LARGE PASSENGER VESSELS DOCKED IN THE AREA HAVE A MANNED PILOTHOUSE & THAT THEY MONITOR ALL EMERGENCY & WORKING MARINE CHANNELS. WHILE AGREEING THAT MONITORING WORKING & EMERGENCY RADIO CHANNELS SHOULD GIVE MOORED PASSENGER VESSELS ADVANCE WARNING OF POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION ON THE RIVER.