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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-81-024
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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 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: ESTABLISH A PROGRAM TO DISSEMINATE THE CONTENTS OF ALL CONVECTIVE SIGMETS WHICH PERTAIN TO COASTAL AREAS TO MARINERS BY NWS WEATHER RADIO BROADCASTS AND BY OTHER APPROPRIATE MEANS AS THE SEVERITY OF THE WEATHER MAY REQUIRE.
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: 4/16/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service
Date: 4/16/1993
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE NOAA/NWS HAS IMPLEMENTED THE RECOMMENDED ACTIONS & THAT RADAR NARRATIVE STATEMENTS NOW CONSISTENTLY INCLUDE MARINE-SIGNIFICANT GEOGRAPHICAL POINTS TO DESCRIBE THE LOCATIONS OF IMPORTANT WEATHER EVENTS AFFECTING MARINERS. THEREFORE, RECOMMENDATION M-81-24 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service
To: NTSB
Date: 3/1/1993
Response: NOAA/NWS WRITES ON 9-3-93: WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED THE PROPOSED ACTIONS UNDER THE RECOMMENDATION. RADAR NARRATIVE STATEMENTS CONSISTENTLY INCLUDE MARINE-SIGNIFICANT GEOGRAPHICAL POINTS TO DESCRIBE THE LOCATIONS OF IMPORTANT WEATHER EVENTS IMPACTING MARINERS. NOAA/NWS GOES ON TO DESCRIBE OTHER SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS FROM THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT HAVE OR ARE TO BE MADE TO WEATHER (INCLUDING MARINE) FORECASTING.

From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service
Date: 2/8/1993
Response: OUR RECORDS SHOW THAT WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY FURTHER CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE NWS REGARDING THIS RECOMMENDED ACTION. THEREFORE, RECOMMENDATION M-81-24 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION-NO RESPONSE RECEIVED."

From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service
Date: 7/31/1992
Response:

From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service
Date: 4/5/1982
Response:

From: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service
To: NTSB
Date: 2/2/1982
Response: NOAA LTR: WE CAN MAKE THE NWS RADAR SUMMARY MORE USEFUL TO MARINE COASTAL OPERATIONS BY INCLUDING MARINE REFERENCE POINTS AND INCREASING, WHERE POSSIBLE, SPECIFIC DETAILS ON STORM LOCATION AND MOVEMENT. THE MARINE REFERENCE POINTS TO BE USED IN THE SUMMARY CAN BE COORDINATED WITH THE LOCAL MARINE COMMUNITY. MARINE REFERENCE POINTS MAY ALSO BE USED WHERE APPLICABLE IN OTHER PUBLIC WEATHER STATEMENTS. I AM ASKING OUR SOUTHERN REGION HEADQUARTERS TO EVALUATE THIS ACTION AT THE WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AT TAMPA BAY THIS SPRING. IF SUCCESSFUL AT TAMPA, THIS PROCEDURE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AT OTHER (GULF AND ATLANTIC) COAST LOCATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service
Date: 11/16/1981
Response:

From: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service
To: NTSB
Date: 7/15/1981
Response: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LTR: NOAA TAKES EXCEPTION TO THE STATEMENTS AND CONCLUSIONS RELATED TO THE NEED FOR A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR MARINERS. IN DIRECT RESPONSE TO THE RECOMMENDATION, NOAA LISTS SIX REASONS WHY CONVECTIVE SIGMETS SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR THE MARINE COMMUNITY. THE FINAL NOAA STATEMENT IS: 'IN SUMMARY, SPECIFIC MARINE PRODUCTS BROADCAST OVER NWR OFFER THE BEST WAY OF CONVEYING CURRENT INFORMATION TO THE COASTAL MARINERS. THE ADDITION OF AVIATION ORIENTED INFORMATION WOULD PROVIDE NO IMPROVEMENT IN SERVICE.'