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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-91-001
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Synopsis: AT 1639 EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME ON JUNE 23, 1989, THE GREEK TANKSHIP WORLD PRODIGY, EN ROUTE BURGAS, BULGARIA, TO PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, CARRYING MORE THAN 195,000 BARRELS OF GAS OIL (DIESEL), GROUNDED ON BRENTON REEF IN RHODE ISLAND SOUND OFF THE COAST OF RHODE ISLAND. AT THE TIME OF THE GROUNDING, THE VESSEL WAS UNDER THE NAVIGATIONAL CONTROL OF THE MASTER. AS A RESULT OF THE GROUNDING, THE HULL OF THE WORLD PRODIGY SUSTAINED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE, WHICH ALLOWED ABOUT 7,000 BARRELS OF DIESEL OIL TO SPILL INTO THE WATERS OF RHODE ISLAND SOUND AND NARRAGANSETT BAY. BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE OIL AND BECAUSE OF THE WARM TEMPERATURE DURING THE DAYS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE ACCIDENT, MUCH OF THE SPILLED OIL QUICKLY EVAPORATED, MINIMIZING THE DAMAGE DONE TO THE NEARBY COASTLINE. THERE WERE NO DEATHS OR INJURIES. DAMAGE TO THE VESSEL WAS ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN 1 MILLION DOLLARS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE RHODE ISLAND STATE PILOTAGE COMMISSION: TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT RHODE ISLAND STATE PILOTS BOARD AND DISEMBARK ALL FOREIGN- AND U.S.-FLAG VESSELS (UNDER REGISTER) SOUTH OF BRENTON REEF LIGHT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Harbor, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA89MM049
Accident Reports:
Grounding of the Greek Tankship World Prodigy
Report #: MAR-91-01
Accident Date: 6/23/1989
Issue Date: 3/14/1991
Date Closed: 11/12/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Rhode Island Pilotage Commission (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Rhode Island Pilotage Commission
Date: 11/12/1993
Response: RECOMMENDATION M-91-1 ASKED THE COMMISSSION TO TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT RHODE ISLAND STATE PILOTS BOARD AND DISEMBARK ALL FOREIGN-AND U.S. FLAG VESSELS (UNDER REGISTER) SOUTH OF BRENTON REEF LIGHT. THE SAFETY BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE COMMISSION RULES HAVE BEEN CHANGED ACCORDINGLY. CONSEQUENTLY, RECOMMENDATION M-91-1 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCPETABLE ACTION."

From: Rhode Island Pilotage Commission
To: NTSB
Date: 9/20/1993
Response: RHODE ISLAND STATE PILOT COMMISSION WHICH ADDRESSES AND SHOULD SATISFY RECOMMENDATIONS M-91-1 AND -2. I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT THAT THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND HAS INVESTED IN EXCESS OF $65K IN RADIO EQUIPMENT TO ESTABLISH WHAT IS COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE "RHODE ISLAND PILOT APPROACH COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM" WHICH IS MANNED BY THE NORTHEAST PILOT'S ASSOCIATION ON A 24 HOUR BASIS AND HAS A RANGE, DEPENDING ON WEATHER CONDITIONS, OF A MINIMUM OF 50 MILES AND A MAXIMUM IN EXCESS OF 80 MILES.