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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-81-022
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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 FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION: USE THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY CONDUCTED UNDER RECOMMENDATION M-81-21 TO ADVISE APPROPRIATE BRIDGE AUTHORITIES OF THE BENEFITS OF INSTALLING ADDITIONAL PIER PROTECTION SYSTEMS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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: 4/19/1985
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FHWA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FHWA
Date: 4/19/1985
Response:

From: NTSB
To: FHWA
Date: 12/5/1984
Response:

From: FHWA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/15/1984
Response: FHWA LTR: OUR MARCH 5 RESPONSE TO M-81-21 AND -22 NOTED THAT THE FHWA WOULD ISSUE A MEMORANDUM TO FIELD OFFICES INSTRUCTING THEM TO BE SURE THAT STATE INSPECTIONS OF BRIDGES OVER NAVIGABLE WATERS CONTINUE TO INCLUDE AN ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF BRIDGE PIERS AND FENDERING SYSTEMS FOR STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY. ON OCTOBER 30 THE FHWA SENT SUCH A MEMORANDUM TO OUR FIELD OFFICES. A COPY IS ENCLOSED. WE BELIEVE THE ISSUANCE OF THIS MEMORANDUM COMPLETES THE FHWA'S ACTION ON M-81-21 AND -22. WITH OUR PREVIOUS RESPONSES TO M-81-20, WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT M-81-20, 21 AND 22 BE CLASSIFIED AS CLOSED.

From: FHWA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/5/1984
Response: FHWA LETTER: THE FHWA PROPOSES UNDER SAFETY RECOMMENDATION M-81-21 TO CONTINUE TO ASSESS THE INTEGRITY OF PIER PROTECTION SYSTEMS THROUGH THE NATIONAL BRIDGE INSPECTION PROGRAM. THE RESULTS OF EACH BRIDGE INSPECTION ARE PROVIDED TO THE APPROPRIATE BRIDGE AUTHORITIES FOR THEIR REVIEW AND SUBSEQUENT ACTION TO CORRECT IDENTIFED DEFICIENCIES. THEREFORE, THE INSPECTION AND REVIEW OF BRIDGE PIERS AND FENDERING SYSTEMS THROUGH THE NATIONAL BRIDGE INSPECTION PROGRAM WILL ACCOMPLISH AN ONGOING REVIEW OF THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF EXISTING PIER PROTECTIVE SYSTEMS. AS ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE CONCERNING THE EVALUATION OF PIER PROTECTION SYSTEMS ON EXISTING BRIDGES, THE FHWA WILL TAKE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO BE SURE THAT IT IS INCLUDED, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICAL, IN THE ONGOING NATIONAL BRIDGE INSPECTION PROGRAM. FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY FUNDS MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE COSTS OF WARRANTED WARNING AND PIER PROTECTION SYSTEMS FOR BRIDGES ON ALL PUBLIC HIGHWAYS IF SUCH COSTS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH BRIDGE PROJECTS FUNDED UNDER THE HIGHWAY BRIDGE REPLACEMENT AND REHABILITATION PROGRAM.

From: NTSB
To: FHWA
Date: 5/4/1983
Response:

From: FHWA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/25/1983
Response: FHWA LETTER: CONCERNING SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS M-81-20 THROUGH 22, WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AS OUR PROGRESS CONTINUES.

From: NTSB
To: FHWA
Date: 9/23/1982
Response:

From: FHWA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/14/1981
Response: FHWA LTR: WHEN THE RESULTS OF THE MARINE BOARD STUDY AS DISCUSSED UNDER M-81-21 BECOMES AVAILABLE, THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION WILL MAKE ALL REASONABLE AND EXPEDIENT EFFORTS TO ADVISE THE STATE HIGHWAY AGENCIES OF THE RESULTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. AS STATED IN OUR RESPONSE TO M-81-18 AND M-81-19, FEDERAL AID HIGHWAY FUNDS MAY BE USED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COSTS OF INSTALLING PROTECTION SYSTEMS ON BRIDGES ON THE FEDERAL AID HIGHWAY SYSTEM. IN ADDITION, FEDERAL AID FUNDS MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE COSTS OF WARRANTED WARNING AND PIER PROTECTION SYSTEMS FOR BRIDGES ON ALL PUBLIC HIGHWAYS IF SUCH COSTS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH BRIDGE PROJECTS FUNDED UNDER THE HIGHWAY BRIDGE REPLACEMENT AND REHABILITATION PROGRAM.