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Accident Report Detail

Allision of Passenger Ferry Andrew J. Barberi With St. George Terminal

Executive Summary

On Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 0918 eastern daylight time, the passenger ferry Andrew J. Barberi allided with the terminal structure at slip No. 5 at the St. George terminal, Staten Island, New York, after a loss of propulsion control. Eighteen crewmembers, 2 New York City police officers, 2 concessionaires, and 244 passengers were on board. As a result of the allision, 3 passengers sustained serious injuries; 47 passengers, crew, and others reported minor injuries. The damage to the vessel and the terminal structure totaled $182,238.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was a solenoid failure, which caused a loss of propulsion control of one of the vessel’s two cycloidal propellers. Contributing to the accident was the propulsion system’s lack of a propeller pitch deviation alarm, which was not required by regulation, but which would have alerted the pilothouse crew to the loss of propulsion control and permitted prompt action.

Accident Location: Staten Island , NY    
Accident Date: 5/8/2010
Accident ID: DCA10MM017

Date Adopted: 4/24/2012
NTSB Number: MAR-12-01
NTIS Number: PB2012-916401