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Accident Report Detail

​Allision of the Passenger Vessel Seastreak Wall Street

Executive Summary

​Allision of the Passenger Vessel Seastreak Wall Street This report discusses the allision of the high-speed passenger ferry Seastreak Wall Street with Pier 11/Wall Street in lower Manhattan, New York City, on January 9, 2013. Four passengers were seriously injured, and 75 passengers and 1 deckhand sustained minor injuries. The estimated cost to repair the ferry was about $166,200. The total cost of repairs to the pier was $333,349.

Safety issues identified in this report include oversight of vessel operations, control panel design, management of passenger access to stairwells to mitigate possible injuries, the importance of marine safety management systems, and the need for information captured by voyage data recorders in investigating and analyzing accident causes and identifying remedial actions to help prevent their recurrence.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issues new recommendations to the United States Coast Guard regarding human factors standards for critical vessel controls, the need for operator control of ferry passenger access to stairwells, and the carriage of marine voyage data recorders. The NTSB also recommends that the owner of the Seastreak Wall Street improve specific control system displays and alerts, complete development and implementation of a safety management system, and revise its vessel operations and training manuals. The NTSB asks the manufacturer of the vessel’s propulsion control system to improve its design and alert its customers to the changes. The report also reclassifies previous recommendations to the Coast Guard regarding safety management systems and voyage data recorders.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency dedicated to promoting aviation, railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline safety. Established in 1967, the agency is mandated by Congress through the Independent Safety Board Act of 1974 to investigate transportation accidents, determine the probable causes of the accidents, issue safety recommendations, study transportation safety issues, and evaluate the safety effectiveness of government agencies involved in transportation. The NTSB makes public its actions and decisions through accident reports, safety studies, special investigation reports, safety recommendations, and statistical reviews.

Accident Location: New York , NY USA with Pier 11, Lower Manhattan
Accident Date: 1/9/2013
Accident ID: DCA13MM005

Date Adopted: 4/8/2014
NTSB Number: MAR1401
NTIS Number: PB2014-105712