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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-81-017
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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: DISTRIBUTE A COPY OF THE RESULTS OF THE COAST GUARD'S STUDIES REGARDING BRIDGE AND PIER PROTECTION SYSTEMS TO EACH APPROPRIATE MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS.
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 ARE NOT ABLE TO MAKE THE STUDIES RECOMMENDED BY THE SAFETY BOARD IN M-81-13, 15, AND 16 FOR THE REASONS PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINED. THE STUDY MADE IN RESPONSE TO SAFETY RECOMMENDATION H-78-2 WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO AASHTO IN LIEU OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. IT IS PERTINENT TO POINT OUT THAT THE STUDY UNDERTAKEN AS A RESULT OF H-78-2 WAS A RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT JUSTIFIED SOLELY AS SUCH. THERE IS NO AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT THE OPERATIONAL STUDIES RECOMMENDED BY THE SAFETY BOARD IN THIS CASE.