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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-80-020
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 1, 1978, THE FOUR-BARGE TOW OF THE MOTOR VESSEL STUD COLLIDED WITH THE EASTERN FIXED SPAN OF THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD BRIDGE OVER THE ATCHAFALAYA RIVER NEAR BERWICK BAY, LOUISIANA. THE COLLISION KNOCKED THE SPAN FROM ITS SUPPORTING PIERS INTO THE RIVER BUT DID NOT DAMAGE THE BARGES. DAMAGE TO THE STUD WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $4,000. PROPERTY DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $1,400,000, INCLUDING THE COST OF REPLACING THE BRIDGE SPAN AND REROUTING RAIL TRAFFIC FOR 8 DAYS. THERE WERE NO DEATHS OR INJURIES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE U.S. COAST GUARD: REASSESS THE CRITERIA USED TO COMMENCE HIGH WATER LIMITATIONS IN THE BERWICK BAY VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICE AREA AND IMPLEMENT LIMITATIONS BASED ON THE REASSESSMENT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: River, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA78AM015
Accident Reports: ​Collision of M/V Stud with the Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge over the Atchafalaya River
Report #: MAR-80-05
Accident Date: 4/1/1978
Issue Date: 4/7/1980
Date Closed: 12/16/1980
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 12/16/1980
Response:

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 10/6/1980
Response: U.S. COAST GUARD LTR: THE CRITERIA HAVE BEEN REASSESSED. THE ACTIVATION CRITERIA FOR IMPOSING THE LIMITATIONS ON VESSELS REQUIRE A SUSTAINED ELEVATED RIVER STAGE OF 3 FEET ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL OR MORE FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS, PLUS THE PREDICTION THAT THE RIVER STAGE WILL REMAIN AT 3 FEET ABOVE MEAN LEVEL OR MORE FOR AN ADDITIONAL FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS. THE CRITERION OF 3 FEET ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL OR MORE HAS BEEN LOWERED TO 3.5 FEET AND IS NOW IN EFFECT. THE REST OF THE CRITERIA REMAINS THE SAME.