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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-81-023
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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, ANCHOR PIER 2S 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 STATE OF FLORIDA: PROVIDE STRUCTURAL PIER PROTECTION FOR THE CANTILEVER ARM PIERS AND THE ANCHOR ARM PIERS OF THE SUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE.
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: 10/6/1992
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Florida (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Florida
Date: 10/6/1992
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE SUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE HAS BEEN REPLACED & THE NEW BRIDGE PIERS HAVE PIER PROTECTION AS RECOMMENDED. THEREFORE, RECOMMENDATION M-81-23 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED AS "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: NTSB
To: State of Florida
Date: 8/29/1983
Response:

From: State of Florida
To: NTSB
Date: 6/17/1983
Response: GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA LETTER: TRANSMITTAL INCLUDES A COPY OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR A NEW BRIDGE WITH A WIDER MAIN CHANNEL AND MORE POSITIVE PIER PROTECTION.

From: NTSB
To: State of Florida
Date: 5/19/1983
Response: