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Safety Recommendation M-81-014
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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: TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD: Seek legislation to allow the coast guard to act against a pilot's federal license for acts committed while serving under the authority of his state license. (Superseded by M-88-1)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action/Superseded
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: 1/5/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Unacceptable Action/Superseded)
Keyword(s):

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

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 3/1/1988
Response: From the greensheet issuing M-88-1: As a result of its investigation of the ramming of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay, Florida, by the bulk carrier SUMMIT VENTURE on May 9, 1980, the Safety Board recommended that the Coast Guard: M-81-14 Seek legislation to allow the Coast Guard to act against a pilot's Federal license for acts committed while serving under the authority of his State license. On September 22, 1981, the Coast Guard responded that it: . . . concurs with this safety recommendation. Legislation to this effect was considered by the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee in July 1978. At that time, Public Law 95-474, which amended 46 USC 214, was under consideration. (See 78 U.S. Congressional and Administrative News, page 3286, for a complete discussion.) The Committee declined to approve the recommended amendment with the following comment: I t is the present intention of the Committee to review this situation further and to permit proponents and opponents of expanded federal jurisdiction over state licenses to furnish the Committee with the detailed information necessary to make a final evaluation of an appropriate change, if any. Currently, an amendment to R.S. 4450 which would incorporate safety recommendation M-81-14 is under consideration by the Coast Guard as Item 97-87 in the Coast Guard Proposed Legislative Programs for the Second Session, 97th Congress. On April 13, 1987, the Coast Guard responded further to the Safety Board, as follows: The Coast Guard does not concur with this recommendation. The Coast Guard has determined that a legislative initiative is not the proper course of action. The House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee declined to take action in July 1978. ''States Rights" considerations make such a legislative proposal controversial. As an alternative, the Guard is making greater use of existing penalty procedures, maintaining closer liaison with the state pilot licensing organizations and providing investigation reports to the appropriate pilot licensing organization. Therefore, no further action on this recommendation is anticipated. The Safety Board has classified Safety Recommendation M-81-14 as CLOSED—UNACCEPTABLE ACTION/ SUPERSEDED.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 4/13/1987
Response: THE CG DOES NOT CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE CG HAS DETERMINED THAT A LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE IS NOT THE PROPER COURSE OF ACTION. THE HOUSE MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES COMMITTEE DECLINED TO TAKE ACTION IN JULY 1978. "STATES RIGHT" CONSIDERATIONS MAKE SUCH A LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL CONTROVERSIAL. AS AN ALTERNATIVE, THE CG IS MAKING GREATER USE OF EXISTING PENALTY PROCEDURES, MAINTAINING CLOSER LIAISON WITH THE STATE PILOT LICENSING ORGANIZATIONS AND PROVIDING INVESTIGATION REPORTS TO THE APPROPRIATE PILOT LICENSING ORGANIZATION. 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: LEGISLATION TO THIS EFFECT WAS CONSIDERED BY THE HOUSE MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES COMMITTEE IN JULY 1978. AT THAT TIME, PUBLIC LAW 95-474, WHICH AMENDED 46 USC 214, WAS UNDER CONSIDERATION. (SEE 78 U.S. CONGRESSIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE NEWS, PAGE 3286, FOR A COMPLETE DISCUSSION.) THE COMMITTEE DECLINED TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDED AMENDMENT WITH THE FOLLOWING COMMENT: "IT IS THE PRESENT INTENTION OF THE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THIS SITUATION FURTHER AND TO PERMIT PROPONENTS AND OPPONENTS OF EXPANDED FEDERAL JURISDICTION OVER STATE LICENSES TO FURNISH THE COMMITTEE WITH THE DETAILED INFORMATION NECESSARY TO MAKE A FINAL EVALUATION OF AN APPROPRIATE CHANGE, IF ANY." CURRENTLY, AN AMENDMENT TO R.S. 4450 WHICH WOULD INCORPORATE SAFETY RECOMMENDATION M-81-14 IS UNDER CONSIDERATION BY THE COAST GUARD AS ITEM 97-87 IN THE COAST GUARD PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM FOR THE SECOND SESSION, 97TH CONGRESS.