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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-98-019
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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 NEW ORLEANS PADDLEWHEEL, INC.: IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GUIDANCE PUBLISHED BY THE PASSENGER VESSEL ASSOCIATION, REQUIRE THAT NONOPERATING CREWMEMBERS ON ALL YOUR VESSELS PARTICIPATE IN FORMAL EMERGENCY TRAINING & DRILLS IN THE PROPER HANDLING OF EMERGENCIES THAT HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO AFFECT THE PERSONS IN THEIR CHARGE. MAINTAIN WRITTEN RECORDS TO VERIFY NONOPERATING CREW PROFICIENCY LEVELS & SKILL RETENTION.
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: 6/14/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: New Orleans Paddlewheels, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Training and Education, Records

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: New Orleans Paddlewheels, Inc.
Date: 6/14/2002
Response: The Safety Board understands that the NOP vessels routinely conduct fire, boat emergency, and abandon ship drills. Further, the NOP requires that all crewmembers on board participate, that each drill be recorded in the official vessel log, and that the officer-in-charge of the drill complete a form indicating the type of drill, procedures implemented, and issues discussed at a follow-up question and answer session. In addition, any extraordinary issues are to be noted on the form, including any corrective action taken, and all participating crewmembers are required to sign the form. Accordingly, because the NOP has developed guidelines per the Passenger Vessel Association and exercises the plan with all crewmembers and logs these drills as requested, Safety Recommendation M-98-19 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: New Orleans Paddlewheels, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 11/20/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 01/07/2002 11:31:16 AM MC# 2020019 The Creole Queen routinely conducts fire, boat emergency and abandon ship drills and requires all crew on board to participate, no exceptions. A record of each drill is recorded in the official vessel log. In addition, a Safety Drill Form is completed by the officer in charge of the drill which indicates the type of drill, procedures implemented, and issues discussed at a follow-up Q&A. Any extra ordinary issues are noted on the Safety Drill Form as well as any corrective action taken, if any. All crewmembers sign the form as participants. Crewmembers' performance is considered adequate to exceptional unless otherwise noted.

From: NTSB
To: New Orleans Paddlewheels, Inc.
Date: 11/1/2001
Response: On March 3, 2000, the Safety Board requested a follow-up response from New Orleans Paddlewheels, Inc., on action taken to implement these recommendations. To date, the Safety Board has received no response from New Orleans Paddlewheels, Inc. Accordingly, Safety Recommendations M-97-63 and M-98-19 through -23 have been classified "Closed--Unacceptable Action/No Response Received." Should New Orleans Paddlewheels, Inc., provide information on the implementation of these recommendations in a timely manner, the Safety Board will review the information and consider reclassifying the recommendations.