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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-80-021
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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: EXPEDITE THE ISSUANCE OF THE NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING TO CODIFY THE BERWICK BAY VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICE OPERATING PROCEDURES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: River, United States
Is Reiterated: Yes
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: 3/31/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 3/31/1983
Response:

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 1/3/1983
Response: USCG LETTER: THE COAST GUARD CONCURS WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE NPRM WAS PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 16, 1982.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 10/19/1982
Response: Safety Recommendations M-80-018, M-80-019, and M-80-021 were reiterated in the letter issuing Safety Recommendation M-82-041 sent on 10/19/1982. This letter discusses that on April 26, 1980, the M/V CITATION with its two-barge tow was southbound on the Intracoastal Waterway, Morgan City to Port Allen Alternate Route, en route to Lake Charles, Louisiana.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 12/16/1980
Response:

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 10/6/1980
Response: U.S. COAST GUARD LTR: THE NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING TO CODIFY THE BERWICK BAY VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICE OPERATING PROCEDURES WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER LATER THIS YEAR UNDER DOCKET NO. 73-186.