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Accident Report Detail

Grounding of the Liberian Passenger Ship Star Princess on Poundstone Rock

Executive Summary

​On the evening of June 22, 1995, the Liberian-registered passenger vessel Star Princess, carrying 1,568 passengers and 639 crewmembers, was en route from Skagway to Juneau, Alaska, via the Lynn Canal under the direction of a southeast Alaska pilot. At 0142 on June 23, the Star Princess grounded on the submerged Poundstone Rock in Lynn Canal, about 21 miles northwest of Juneau. The vessel’s bottom sustained significant damage on the starboard side, including the rupture of oil tanks, which resulted in the loss of at least 5 gallons of oil. The vessel was piloted to safe anchorage at Auke Bay, Alaska, (about 10 miles north of Juneau) to assess damage and debark passengers. No injuries or deaths resulted from this accident. The total cost resulting from required repairs and the delay before the vessel could return to service was estimated at $27.16 million.

Contributing to the accident was the fact that the pilot and the watch officers did not practice bridge resource management.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the grounding of the Star Princess was the pilot’s poor performance, which may have been exacerbated by chronic fatigue caused by sleep apnea.

Accident Location:   , AK   Lynn Canal
Accident Date: 6/23/1995
Accident ID: DCA95MM045

Date Adopted: 6/20/1997
NTSB Number: MAR-97-02
NTIS Number: PB97-916403