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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-80-022
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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. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS: IN COOPERATION WITH THE U.S. COAST GUARD, ESTABLISH METHODS TO MEASURE AND MAKE AVAILABLE CONTINUALLY UPDATED INFORMATION ON RIVER STAGE AND CURRENT VELOCITY TO VESSELS TRANSITING THE BERWICK BAY BRIDGES.
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: 4/13/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: United States Department of Defense, Department of the Army (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Defense, Department of the Army
Date: 4/13/1983
Response:

From: United States Department of Defense, Department of the Army
To: NTSB
Date: 12/15/1982
Response: U.S. ARMY LETTER: THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE U.S. COAST GUARD WITH ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO MARINERS RELATIVE TO NAVIGATION SAFETY BY OFFERING ANY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WHICH MAY BE REQUIRED. THE U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, NEW ORLEANS, HAS DISCUSSED THIS MATTER WITH THE EIGHTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT. THE COAST GUARD ADVISED THAT IT PRESENTLY PROVIDES MARINERS WITH THE INFORMATION SUGGESTED IN YOUR RECOMMENDATION UPON REQUEST OF MARINERS THROUGH THE BERWICK VTS.

From: United States Department of Defense, Department of the Army
To: NTSB
Date: 7/2/1980
Response: U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (COE) LTR: THE COE WILL COMMUNICATE WITH THE COAST GUARD TO OFFER TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND PROVIDE AVAILABLE RELEVANT INFORMATION. THE RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN DISCUSSED WITH THE USCG VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICE AND THE COE HAS ASSURED THEM OF COOPERATION AND SUPPORT. THE COE EXPERTISE IN STREAM GAUGING TECHNIQUES AND INTERPRETATION OF HYDRAULIC DATA MAY BE USEFUL TO THE COAST GUARD IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN APPROPRIATE DATA COLLECTION AND DISSEMINATION PROCEDURE.