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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-81-012
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Synopsis: ON MAY 9, 1980, THE LIBERIAN BULK CARRIER M/V SUMMIT VENTURE RAMMED A SUPPORT PIER OF THE WESTERN SPAN OF THE SUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE IN TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA. AS A RESULT OF THE RAMMING, THE SUPPORT PIER WAS DESTROYED AND ABOUT 1,297 FEET OF BRIDGE DECK AND SUPERSTRUCTURE FELL ABOUT 150 FEET INTO THE BAY. A GREYHOUND BUS, A SMALL PICKUP TRUCK, AND SIX AUTOMOBILES FELL INTO THE BAY AND 35 PERSONS DIED. REPAIR COSTS WERE ESTIMATED AT ABOUT $30 MILLION FOR THE BRIDGE AND ABOUT $1 MILLION FOR THE SUMMIT VENTURE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE U.S. COAST GUARD: PROHIBIT VESSELS FROM MEETING NEAR THE SHUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Reconsidered
Mode: Marine
Location: Bays and Sounds, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA80AM050
Accident Reports: Marine Accident Report: Ramming of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge by teh Liberian Bulk Carrier Summit Venture, Tampa Bay, Florida, May 9, 1980
Report #: MAR-81-03
Accident Date: 5/9/1980
Issue Date: 4/22/1981
Date Closed: 8/1/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Reconsidered)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 8/1/1988
Response:

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 4/13/1987
Response: THE CG DOES NOT CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE DATA FROM THE CG'S TAMPA BAY NAVIGATION STUDY REVEALED NO COLLISIONS UNDER OR NEAR (WITHIN ONE-HALF NAUTICAL MILE) OF THE BRIDGE, AND DO NOT SUPPORT THIS RECOMMENDATION. THEREFORE, NO FURTHER ACTION ON THIS RECOMMENDATION IS ANTICIPATED.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/4/1982
Response:

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 9/22/1981
Response: USCG LTR: THIS RECOMMENDATION IS ONE OF THE MEASURES TO BE EXAMINED IN OUR ASSESSMENT OF TAMPA BAY'S TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NEEDS. THIS ASSESSMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1981. IN ADDITION, THE COMMANDER, SEVENTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT CONVENED AN AD HOC STUDY GROUP ON APRIL 20, 1981, TO INVESTIGATE NAVIGATION SAFETY IN TAMPA BAY.