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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-98-021
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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.: ON ALL YOUR VESSELS, POST EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS THAT ARE PRINTED ON FIRE-& HEAT-RESISTANT MATERIAL & THAT ARE CLEARLY VISIBLE TO ALL PASSENGERS BOTH UNDER NORMAL CONDITIONS & DURING EMERGENCIES WHEN LIGHTING & VISIBILITY MAY BE DIMINISHED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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 Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: New Orleans Paddlewheels, Inc.
Date: 6/14/2002
Response: The Safety Board understands that the NOP's excursion vessels have posted emergency instructions. Although not printed on fire- or heat-resistant material, the instructions are clearly visible to all passengers both under normal conditions and during emergencies when lighting and visibility may be diminished. These posted emergency instructions meet the requirements of 46 CFR 199.80, 122.510, and 122.512; are typical of the emergency instructions found on any USCG-inspected passenger vessel; and are an acceptable alternative to what was called for in the recommendation. Further, the Board is aware that USCG regulations do not require emergency instructions to be produced on fire- and heat-resistant material. Accordingly, because the emergency instructions are clearly visible to all passengers both under normal conditions and during emergencies when lighting and visibility may be diminished, Safety Recommendation M-98-21 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Alternate 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 Emergency placards are posted in all rooms of the vessel showing diagrams of the location of safety equipment and lifejackets. Emergency placards are posted in all rooms showing diagrams of the most efficient evacuation routes from the rooms to the outer and upper decks. I don't believe these are printed on fire or heat resistant material.

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.