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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-98-008
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Synopsis: SHORTLY AFTER 1400 ON 12/14/96, THE FULLY LOADED LIBERIAN BULK CARRIER BRIGHT FIELD TEMPORARILY LOST PROPULSION POWER AS THE VESSEL WAS NAVIGATING OUTBOUND IN THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA. THE VESSEL STRUCK A WHARF ADJACENT TO A POPULATED COMMERCIAL AREA THAT INCLUDED A SHOPPING MALL, A CONDOMINIUM PARKING GARAGE, & A HOTEL. NO FATALITIES RESULTED FROM THE ACCIDENT, & NO ONE ABOARD THE BRIGHT FIELD WAS INJURED; HOWEVER, 4 SERIOUS INJURIES & 58 MINOR INJURIES WERE SUSTAINED DURING EVACUATIONS OF SHORE FACILITIES, A GAMING VESSEL, & AN EXCURSION VESSEL LOCATED NEAR THE IMPACT AREA. TOTAL PROPERTY DAMAGES TO THE BRIGHT FIELD & TO SHORESIDE FACILITIES WERE ESTIMATED AT ABOUT $20 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE STATE OF LOUISIANA: IN COOPERATION WITHT HE USCG & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING FEDERA,L STATE, & LOCAL AGENCIES; PRIVATE COMMERCIAL ENTITES; SHIPOWNERS; & PILOT ASSOCIATIONS, IMPLEMENT RISK-MANAGEMENT & RISK-MITIGATION INITIATIVES THAT WILL ENSURE THE SAFETY OF PEOPLE & PROPERTY WITHIN THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received
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: 2/6/1998
Date Closed: 1/3/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Louisiana (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Louisiana
Date: 1/3/2002
Response: On March 27, 2000, the Safety Board requested information on action the State of Louisiana had taken to implement Safety Recommendations M-98-7 and -8. The Safety Board is interested in knowing whether and how its recommendations are implemented, both to ensure that the traveling public is provided the highest level of safety, and to identify creative solutions that might be shared with others. That is why we monitor the implementation of all our recommendations. Because the Safety Board has received no reply, Safety Recommendations M-98-7 and -8 are classified "Closed--Unacceptable Action/No Response Received." If the State of Louisiana has completed action in response to the recommendations and provides details of such action to the Board, the Board will evaluate the action and may reconsider the classification of these recommendations.

From: NTSB
To: State of Louisiana
Date: 3/27/2000
Response: To date the Safety Board has received no response from the State of Louisiana and would appreciate being informed about efforts that have been or are being made to implement these safety recommendations.