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Safety Recommendation M-98-028
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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 CRESCENT RIVER PORT PILOTS ASSOCIATION: IN COOPERATION WITH THE USCG & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING FEDERAL, STATE, & LOCAL AGENCIES; PRIVATE COMMERCIAL ENTITIES; 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Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
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: 4/9/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Crescent River Port Pilots Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Crescent River Port Pilots Association
Date: 4/9/2002
Response: The Association replied on October 6, 1999, describing its work with the Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and others in the Port of New Orleans; the letter also emphasized that the Association is a member of the Port Safety Counsel (PSC) and the Mississippi River Navigation Safety Association (MRNSA). The PSC represents the Association at quarterly meetings with the Coast Guard and serves as a forum to address safety concerns, aids to navigation, and other navigation safety matters. The MRNSA, as an industry group, facilitates cooperation between shallow and deep draft vessels in port. The Safety Board's response indicated that the Board was disappointed that there had been no comprehensive risk assessment study of the Port of New Orleans, but that the Board was pleased to note the Association's willingness to participate should there be one. On December 8, 1999, Safety Recommendations M-98-27 and -28 were classified "Open--Acceptable Response," pending receipt of specific information on how the recommendations had been implemented. On October 22, 2001, the Safety Board classified Safety Recommendations M-98-2 and -4 "Closed--Unacceptable Action," because the Coast Guard had not taken action to implement them. The Coast Guard's failure to initiate a comprehensive risk assessment of the Port of New Orleans effectively precludes the Association's response to Safety Recommendations M-98-27 and M-98-28. However, because the Association had expressed its willingness to work with the Coast Guard on these issues, Safety Recommendation M-98-27 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action" and Safety Recommendation M-98-28 is classified "Closed--No Longer Applicable."

From: NTSB
To: Crescent River Port Pilots Association
Date: 12/8/1999
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT THE ASSOCIATION WORKS CLOSELY WITH THE COAST GUARD, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, AND OTHERS IN THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS AND, IN PARTICULAR, IS A MEMBER OF THE PORT SAFETY COUNSEL (PSC) AND THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER NAVIGATION SAFETY ASSOCIATION (MRNSA). FURTHER, THE BOARD IS AWARE THAT THERE HAS BEEN NO COMPREHENSIVE RISK ASSESSMENT STUDY OF THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS. WHILE DISAPPOINTED THAT THERE HAS NOT BEEN AN ASSESSMENT AS RECOMMENDED, THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO NOTE THAT THE ASSOCIATION WOULD BE A WILLING PARTICIPANT IF THERE SHOULD BE ONE. ACCORDINGLY, GIVEN THE WILLINGNESS OF THE ASSOCIATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A COMPREHENSIVE RISK ASSESSMENT, SHOULD ONE BE CONDUCTED, M-98-27 AND -28 HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE," PENDING FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE COAST GUARD AND THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS ON THE STATUS OF CONDUCTING THE RECOMMENDED RISK ASSESSMENT.

From: Crescent River Port Pilots Association
To: NTSB
Date: 10/6/1999
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 10/14/1999 1:30:21 PM MC# 991139 CAPT. DELESDERNIER OF THE CRESCENT RIVER PORT PILOT ASSOCIATION HAS REQUESTED ME TO RESPOND TO YOUR LETTER OF 7/9/99 REGARDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS M-98-27 AND -28. THE CRESCENT RIVER PORT PILOT ASSOCIATION WORKS CLOSELY WITH THE COAST GUARD AND THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS REGARDING THE PLACEMENT OF DOCKS, BERTHS, BARGE FLEETS AND ANCHORAGES. THE ASSOCIATION HAS AN EXCELLENT INTERCHANGE OF INFORMATION WITH THE COAST GUARD REGARDING PORT SAFETY. IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE THE ASSOCIATION PARTICIPATES IN TWO INDUSTRY GROUPS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE SAFETY. THESE GROUPS ARE THE (1) PORT SAFETY COUNSEL AND (2) MISSISSIPPI RIVER NAVIGATION SAFETY ASSOCIATION (MNSA). THE PORT SAFETY COUSEL MEETS QUARTERLY AND IS HOSTED BY THE COAST GUARD. THE FORUM ALLOWS FOR AN OPEN EXCHANGE BETWEEN INDUSTRY AND THE COAST GUARD REGARDING SAFETY CONCERNS AIDS TO NAVIGATION, AND OTHER MATTERS INVOLVING NAVIGATION SAFETY. MNSA IS AN INDUSTRY SAFETY GROUP WHOSE MEMBERS REPRESENT DEEP AND SHALLOW DRAFT VESSELS. (I.E. BARGES AND SHIPS). THE PURPOSE OF THIS ASSOCIATION IS TO FACILITATE COOPERATION BETWEEN THE SHALLOW AND DEEP DRAFT VESSELS. TO OUR KNOWLEDGE THERE HAS NOT BEEN A COMPREHENSIVE RISK ASSESSMENT STUDY FOR THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS IN WHICH THE PILOTS HAD DIRECT INVOLVEMENT. THE COAST GUARD OR THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS MAY HAVE PERFORMED A STUDY WITHOUT DIRECT INPUT OF THE PILOT ASSOCIATION. HOWEVER, THERE IS AND CONTINUES TO BE AN OPEN LINE BETWEEN THE PILOTS, THE COAST GUARD AND INDUSTRY.