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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-91-004
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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 NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION: EXTEND THE AREA COVERED BY NOAA CHART NO. 13223 OR 13221 TO INCLUDE THE ENTIRE NORTHERN PRECAUTIONARY AREA AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE NARRAGANSETT BAY TRAFFIC SEPARATION SCHEME.
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: 6/24/1991
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Date: 6/24/1991
Response: Safety Recommendation M-91-4 urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to extend the area covered by NOAA chart No. 13223 or 13221 to include the entire northern precautionary area at the northern end of the Narragansett Bay Traffic Separation Scheme. The Safety Board understands that NOAA intends to rescheme current nautical chart coverage of the Narragansett Bay area. In fiscal year 1993, NOAA intends to reconstruct chart 13221 to a scale of 1:50,000, which will include the northern precautionary area of the Narragansett Bay Traffic Separation Scheme. We note that NOAA also plans to reconstruct charts 13223 and 13224 at the international scale of 1:25,000, which will result in coverage of the precautionary area on charts 13221 and 13223. Therefore, we have classified Safety Recommendation M-91-4 as "Closed--Acceptable Action." Member Hart dissented from the Board action and would have classified the recommendation as "Open--Acceptable Response" pending completion of the recommended action.

From: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 4/12/1991
Response: NOAA WILL ACCELERATE RESCHEMING CURRENT CHART COVERAGE OF THE NARRAGANSETT BAY AREA. THE PREFERRED SCALE FOR MODERNIZING THE HARBOR CHART SERIES IS 1:50, 000. RECON STRUCTION OF CHART 13221 AT THIS SCALE WILL EXTEND COVERAGE TO INCLUDE THE NORTHERN PRECAUTIONARY AREA OF THE NBTSS. IN ORDER TO MEET NTSB M-91-4, NOAA PROPOSES TO ACCOMPLISH THIS RECONSTRUCTION IN FY 93. THE LARGER SCALE CHARTS (13223 AND 13224) EVENTUALLY WILL BE RECONSTRUCTED AT THE INTERNATIONAL SCALE OF 1:25,000. THIS WILL ULTIMATELY RESULT IN COVERAGE OF THE PRECAUTIONARY AREA ON CHARTS 13221 AND 13223.