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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-81-026
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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 TAMPA BAY PILOTS ASSOCIATION: INSTRUCT MEMBER PILOTS REGARDING THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPLYING WITH ARTICLE 15 OF THE INLAND RULES OF THE ROAD WHICH STATES, IN PART: "IN FOG, MIST, FALLING SNOW, OR HEAVY RAINSTORMS, WHETHER BY DAY OR NIGHT... A STEAM VESSEL UNDER WAY SHALL SOUND, AT INTERVALS OF NOT MORE THAN ONE MINUTE, A PROLONGED BLAST."
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: 2/21/1984
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Tampa Bay Pilots Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Tampa Bay Pilots Association
Date: 2/21/1984
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Tampa Bay Pilots Association
Date: 8/2/1983
Response: