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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-98-018
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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 CLEARSKY SHIPPING COMPANY: PROVIDE YOUR BRIDGE & ENGINEROOM WATCHSTANDING OFFICERS & CREWMEMBERS WITH INITIAL & RECURRENT BRIDGE RESOURCE MANAGEMENTTRAINING THAT INCLUDES COMMUNICATION & COORDINATION BETWEEN PILOT & MEMBERS OF THE BRIDGE & ENGINEROOM WATCHES & ADDRESSES THEIR USE OF BRIDGE & ENGINEROOM SYSTEMS.
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: 2/6/1998
Date Closed: 7/20/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Clearsky Shipping Company (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Crew Resource Management, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Clearsky Shipping Company
Date: 7/20/2001
Response: The Safety Board is pleased that COSCO has provided its bridge and engineroom watchstanding officers and crewmembers with the recommended training. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-98-18 is classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Clearsky Shipping Company
To: NTSB
Date: 2/26/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 03/07/2001 3:21:38 PM MC# 2010202 We confirm that a copy of your letter has been passed to our Technical Division and Crew Division respectively for their attention and response, as the above recommendations M-98-16 and 17 involve technical matters and M-98-18 involves crew recruiting and training. As required in the last paragraph of your letter , we enclose herewith a complete set of the Certificates of Competency, STCW certificates and training records of the officers and crew, which have been recently passed to us by Crew Division, confirming that the officers and crew have taken initial BRM training.

From: Clearsky Shipping Company
To: NTSB
Date: 7/12/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 07/25/2000 1:03:21 PM MC# 2000948 We refer to your letter of April 4, 2000, with attention to Mr. F. Y. Khong who retired in April this year. Before Mr. Khong left the company, he passed your letter to the undersigned for a reply. However, the undersigned, as an Assistant General Manager of Insurance and Claims Division of the Company, felt that the three recommendations relating to technical and crew training issues should be referred to the relevant Divisions for their views, and therefore passed a copy of it to Technical Division who are responsible for engineering testing, maintenance, repairs and other technical matters and, at the same time, to Crew Division who are responsible for crew recruiting and training. The said Divisions have traced their relevant files and also the relevant records and reports of the vessel "Bright Field" which has after the incident been renamed as "Bright City". The undersigned has recently been advised that your recommendations had been considered constructive, positive and therefore welcome. They stress that the recommendations are basically in line with the Company's ISM Code and ISO 9002 system requirements, which have been strictly implemented by both the Company and the vessels, and supervised and audited by ABS and CCS. In fact, the "Bright Field"/"Bright City" has been free of any incident during her trading operation since March, 1997, and in addition she has since then passed several occasions of the Port State Control Inspections, including once in the USA, without any deficiencies. All these prove that the recommendations have been implemented and observed very well by the Company and the ship with the most satisfactory result.

From: NTSB
To: Clearsky Shipping Company
Date: 2/25/1999
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT SINCE SEPTEMBER 1996, CLEARSKY HAS ACQUIRED INTERNATIONAL SAFETY MANAGEMENT (ISM) CODE AND INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ORGANIZATION (ISO) CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY THE AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING (ABS) AND THE CHINA CLASSIFICATION SOCIETY (CCS). ACCORDINGLY, YOU REPORT THAT ALL THE MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS NECESSARY TO COMPLY WITH THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS OF THE ISM CODE AND ISO-9002 HAVE BEEN STRICTLY IMPLEMENTED BY CLEARSKY AND SUPERVISED BY THE ABS AND THE CCS. IN ADDITION, CLEARSKY STATES THAT THE BRIGHT FIELD RECOMMENDATIONS ARE CONSTRUCTIVE, IN LINE WITH THE CLEARSKY SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND CONSISTENT WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE ISM CODE. CLEARSKY INDICATES, HOWEVER, THAT IT HAS HAD DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING THE REFERENCES TO "MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT" MADE IN THE BOARD'S REPORT AND STATES THAT IT HAS BEEN MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE THAT SAFE OPERATIONS ARE CARRIED OUT ON BOARD ITS VESSELS. THE BOARD ASKED THAT CLEARSKY SHOULD PERFORM A BASELINE ENGINEERING ASSESSMENT OF THE BRIGHT FIELD'S ENGINEERING PLANT AND CORRECT ALL CONDITIONS NOT IN CONFORMANCE WITH MANUFACTURER'S SPECIFICATIONS. THE BOARD RECOMMENDED THAT CLEARSKY INSTITUTE AN ENGINEERING TESTING, MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, AND COMPANY OVERSIGHT PROGRAM FOR THE BRIGHT FIELD THAT WOULD ENSURE SAFE AND RELIABLE OPERATION OF THE VESSEL'S ENGINEERING PLANT MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT. THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE LEARNING WHAT SPECIFIC ACTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO IMPLEMENT THESE THREE RECOMMENDATIONS. ACCORDINGLY, M-98-16 THROUGH -18 HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE," PENDING OUR RECEIPT OF FURTHER INFORMATION FROM CLEARSKY.

From: Clearsky Shipping Company
To: NTSB
Date: 12/24/1998
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 1/5/99 1:22:51 PM MC# 981547 WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR LETTER OF 10/14/98, AND ARE SORRY TO MAKE A BELATED RESPONSE. FIRST OF ALL ON BEHALF OF THE SHIPOWNERS, WE APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS IN CARRYING OUT THE INVESTIGATION AND ANALYSIS TO THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF AVOIDING THE RECURRENCE OF SUCH AN UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT AND MINIMIZING LOSSES AND DAMAGES IN THE FUTURE. ALTHOUGH BEING UNABLE TO AGREE WITH YOUR VIEWS ON THE CONCLUSION OF THE PROBABLE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT ("FAILURE OF CLEARSKY SHIPPING COMPANY TO ADEQUATELY MANAGE AND OVERSEE THE MAINTENANCE OF THE ENGINEERING PLANT ABOARD THE BRIGHT FIELD"), WE AGREE THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE CONSTRUCTIVE AS THEY ARE IN LINE WITH OUR SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. THEY ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE SPIRIT OF ISM CODE. HOWEVER, SOME VAGUE TERMS IN THE RECOMMENDATIONS SUCH AS, COMPANY OVERSIGHT PROGRAM, DO NOT REVEAL THE TRUTH OF OUR MANAGEMENT. WE HAVE BEEN DOING OUR BEST AND MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE THAT SAFETY OPERATION HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT ON BOARD. WE WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT THIS COMPANY HAS SINCE SEPTEMBER 1996 ACQUIRED ISM-DOC AND ISO-9002 CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY ABS AND CCS. ALL THE MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD OF THE ISM CODE AND ISO-9002 ARE STRICTLY IMPLEMENTED BY US AND SUPERVISED BY ABS AND CCS. WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THERE WILL BE NO REPETITION OF A SIMILAR INCIDENT IN THE FUTURE.

From: NTSB
To: Clearsky Shipping Company
Date: 9/22/1998
Response: NTSB REQUESTED A FOLLOWUP.