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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-97-062
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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 NEW ORLEANS PADDLEWHEELS INC.: WORK WITH THE USCG TO REVIEW THE EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN FOR MOORED CONDITIONS OF THE THE QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS & AMEND IT REGARDING CURRNT EVACUATION PROCEDURES & THE NUMBER OF IMMEDIATELY ACCESSIBLE GANGWAYS & DISEMBARKATION LOCATIONS, TO ENSURE TIMELY & ORDERLY EXITING OF PASSENGERS IN THE EVENT OF EMERGENCY EVACUATION.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable 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: New Orleans Paddlewheels, Inc. (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: New Orleans Paddlewheels, Inc.
Date: 2/6/1998
Response: (CLOSED IN AGREENSHEET) THE BOARD IS CONCERNED THAT THE EVACUATION PLAN FOR THE QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS DOES NOT PROVIDE A READILY ADDITIONAL MEANS OF ESCAPE THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE STAGING IN AN EMERGENCY. THE BOARD'S INTENT IN ISSUING RECOMMENDATION M-97-62 WAS TO PROMPT NEW ORLEANS PADDLEWHEELS,INC., TO AMEND THE QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS'S EVACUATION PLAN FOR MOORED CONDITIONS NOT ONLY TO ENHANCE EVACUATION PROCEDURES, BUT ALSO TO ADDRESS THE NEED TO PROVIDE FOR MORE THAN ONE IMMEDIATELY ACCESSIBLE DISEMBARKATION LOCATION TO ENSURE A TIMELY & ORDERLY EXITING OF PASSENGERS. FURTHER, ALTHOUGH THE SEPTEMBER 29 LETTER STATES THAT THE DECK CREW IS TRAINED & DRILLED ON USE OF THE PROTABLE GANGWAYS, THE LETTER DOES NOT ADDRESS THE TRAINING OF THE NONOPERATING CREWMEMBERS, WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSISTING PASSENGERS TO THE EGRESS AREAS OF THE VESSEL DURING EMERGENCIES. THE EVACUATION PLAN FOR MOORE CONDITIONS PROVIDES NO GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF PROTABLE GANGWAYS TO THE NUMEROUS NONOPERATING CREW ON BOARD THE VESSEL WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DIRECTING PASSENGERS & ASSISTING THEIR ESCAPE . MOREOVER, THE SPECIFIC PLAN TO WHICH ALL CREWMEMBERS ARE TO LOOK FOR GUIDANCE IN RESPONDING TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY INFO ON THESE GANGWAYS OR HOW GUIDE PASSENGERS TO THEM. BASED ON THE FAILURE OF NEW ORLEANS PADDLEWEELS, INC., TO EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES M-97-62 "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION." NEW ORLEANS PADDLEWHEELS, INC., HAS NOT RESPONDED TO M-97-63 CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF EVACUATION PROCEDURES FOR MOORE OR DOCKED CONDITIONS FOR ALL ITS EXCURSION VESSELS. THEREFORE, M-97-63 REMAINS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--AWAIT RESPONSE."

From: New Orleans Paddlewheels, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 9/29/1997
Response: ( FROM A GREENSHEET) NEW ORLEANS PADDLEWHEELS, INC. REPLIED THAT ITS EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN FOR THE QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS IN MOORED CONDITIONS ADDRESSED THE EVACUATION OF ALL AREAS ON BOARD THE VESSEL. WE PURPOSELY DID NOT INCLUDE PORTABLE GANGWAYS IS INOPERABLE. OUR DECK CREW IS REGULARLY TRAINED & DRILLED ON HOW TO USE THESE PORTABLE GANGWAYS INMULTIPLE LOCATIONS.