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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-81-015
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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: IN COOPERATION WITH THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION, DEVELOP STANDARDS FOR THE DESIGN, PERFORMANCE, AND LOCATION OF STRUCTURAL BRIDGE PIER PROTECTION SYSTEMS WHICH CONSIDER THAT THE IMPACT FROM AN OFF-COURSE VESSEL CAN OCCUR SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE AS WELL AS BELOW THE WATER SURFACE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
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: 9/1/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 9/1/1987
Response:

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 4/13/1987
Response:

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

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 9/22/1981
Response: USCG LTR: WE HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO DEVELOP STANDARDS FOR THE DESIGN, PERFORMANCE, AND LOCATION OF STRUCTURAL BRIDGE PIER PROTECTION SYSTEMS. A STUDY ENTITLED "THE STATE OF THE ART BRIDGE PROTECTION SYSTEMS AND DEVICES" WAS MADE AS A RESEARCH PROJECT AND IS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FROM THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICE, ACCESSION NUMBER AD A 098760. A FOLLOW-ON STUDY LABORATORY MODEL TESTING OF BRIDGE PROTECTION SYSTEMS AND DEVICES IS NEARING CONCLUSION. THIS STUDY WAS DONE IN RESPONSE TO SAFETY RECOMMENDATION M-78-2. THIS STUDY OF SELECTED BRIDGES INCLUDES THE PREPARATION OF IMPROVED AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS (AASHTO) AND AMERICAN RAILWAY ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION (AREA) DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS WHICH WILL BE GIVEN TO THE TWO ASSOCIATIONS FOR WHATEVER USE THEY WISH TO MAKE OF THEM. WE CONSIDER THAT THE SPECIFICATIONS MAY BE USED TO CONSIDER VESSEL IMPACTS AT ANY LEVEL ABOVE THE WATERLINE.