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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-98-024
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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 BATON ROUGE STEAMSHIP PILOTS ASSOCIATION: ENCOURAGE YOUR MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN INITIAL & RECURRENT BRIDGE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TRAINING THAT TEACHES THE PRINCIPLES OF RESOURCE MANAGMENT & THAT EMPHASIZES TEAM COORDINATION BETWEEN THE PILOT & CREW.
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: 12/10/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
Keyword(s): Crew Resource Management, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association
Date: 12/10/2001
Response: On July 9, 1999, and then again on March 3, 2000, the Safety Board requested a follow-up response from the NOBRA on actions taken to implement the above six recommendations. To date, the Safety Board has not received any further response from NOBRA. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-93-34 has been classified "Closed--Unacceptable Action," and Safety Recommendations M-97-44 and -45, and M-98-24 through -26 have been classified "Closed--Unacceptable Action/No Response Received." Should NOBRA provide information on the implementation of these recommendations in a timely manner, the Safety Board will review the information and consider reclassifying the recommendations.

From: NTSB
To: New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association
Date: 3/4/2000
Response: The Safety Board has not received any reply from the New Orleans - Baton Rouge Pilot Commission on Safety Recommendations M-97-44 or -45, or on M-98-24 through -26. The Safety Board would appreciate learning what action the New Orleans - Baton Rouge Pilot Commission has taken to implement Safety Recommendations M-93-34, M-97-44 and-45, and M-98-24 through -26 Please address your response to Mr. Jim Hall, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board. If no response is received by April 30, 2000, staff will recommend that the Safety Board classify Safety Recommendations M-93-34, M-97-44 and -45, and M-98-24 through -26, closed, unacceptable action.

From: NTSB
To: New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association
Date: 7/9/1999
Response: To date, the Safety Board has not received any response from the New Orleans - Baton Rouge Pilot Commission, and would appreciate learning what action has been taken to implement Safety Recommendations M-93-34, M-97-44 and-45, and M-98-24 through -26.