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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-81-016
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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, CONDUCT A STUDY TO DETERMINE WHICH EXISTING BRIDGES OVER THE NAVIGABLE WATERWAYS OF UNITED STATES PORTS AND HARBORS ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH ADEQUATE STRUCTURAL PIER PROTECTION.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable 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: 4/13/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 4/13/1988
Response:

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 4/13/1987
Response: THE COAST GUARD DOES NOT CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. WE DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DETERMINE THE ADEQUACY OF ANY STRUCTURAL BRIDGE PROTECTION SYSTEM. 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: AS STATED IN SAFETY RECOMMENDATION M-81-13, WE DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DETERMINE THE ADEQUACY OF ANY STRUCTURAL BRIDGE PROTECTION SYSTEM.