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Safety Recommendation M-91-005
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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: IN CONJUCTION WITH THE RHODE ISLAND STATE PILOTAGE COMMISSION, AMEND THE U.S. COAST PILOT (VOLUME 2) TO REFLECT THE LOCATION OF THE PILOT BOARDING AREA, AS WELL AS UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION CONCERNING THE RADIOTELEPHONE FREQUENCIES TO BE USED BY VESSELS SEEKING TO COMMUNICATE WITH RHODE ISLAND STATE PILOTS; AND INAUGURATE PROCEDURES TO ENSURE THAT ALL FUTURE CHANGES IN PILOTAGE INFORMATION ARE REFLECTED IN FUTURE EDITIONS.
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: 1/21/1992
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Date: 1/21/1992
Response: This responds to Admiral J. Austin Yeager's October 15, 1991, letter in further reply to Safety Recommendation M-91-5. The National Transportation Safety Board is pleased to note that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has published revised pilotage information, as described in this safety recommendation, in the 25th edition of the "U.S. Coast Pilot (Volume 2).' Therefore, we have classified Safety Recommendation M-911-5 as "Closed--Acceptable Action." Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

From: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 10/15/1991
Response: THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION PUBLISHED REVISED PILOTAGE INFORMATION IN THE 25TH EDITION OF CP2. CP2 WAS MADE AVIALABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON SEPT. 25, 1991. NOAA REQUESTS THAT THE STATUS OF M-91-5 BE CHANGED TO "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Date: 9/4/1991
Response: Thank you for the July 11, 1991, letter from Assistant Administrator Virginia K. Tippie in further response to Safety Recommendation M-91-5. This recommendation asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to amend the "U.S. Coast Pilot (Volume 2)" (CP 2) to reflect the location of the Rhode Island State pilot boarding area in Rhode Island Sound and update the information concerning the radiotelephone frequencies to be used when communicating with the Rhode Island State pilots. The National Transportation Safety Board appreciates the efforts by NOAA to validate and update the textual information contained in CP 2 as requested in this safety recommendation. We would appreciate being advised when you have published the revised edition of CP 2. In the meantime, Safety Recommendation M-91-5 will continue to be held in an "Open--Acceptable Response" status pending your reply.

From: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 7/11/1991
Response: NOAA INITIATED CORRESPONDENCE WITH VARIOUS MARITIME PILOT ASSOCIATIONS OPERATING WITHIN THE AFFECTED WATERS TO VALI DATE & UPDATE TEXTUAL INFO CONTAINED IN "U.S. COAST PILOT 2" (CP 2). AS A FOLLOWUP TO EARLIER VERBAL DISCUSSIONS, A LTR WAS SENT 6/5/91, TO ADVISE THE RHODE ISLAND STATE PILOTAGE COMMISSION (RISPC) OF NOAA'S INTENT TO RESOLVE THE ISSUES SET FORTH BY THE NTSB RECOMMENDATIONS. A REQUEST FROM THE NORTHEAST MARINE PILOTS, INC., TO DEPICT PILOT BOARDING AREAS AT BRENTON REEF & THE VICINITY OF POINT JUDITH ON NAUTICAL CHARTS OF THE AREA WAS ENCLOSED FOR THE COMMIS SION'S INFO & CONCURRENCE PRIOR TO NOAA ACTION.

From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Date: 6/24/1991
Response: Safety Recommendation M-91-5 asked that NOAA, in conjunction with the Rhode Island State Pilotage Commission, amend the "U.S. Coast Pilot (Volume 2)" (CP2) to reflect the location of the pilot boarding area, as well as up-to-date information concerning the radiotelephone frequencies to be used by vessels seeking to communicate with Rhode Island State pilots; and inaugurate procedures to ensure that future editions reflect all changes in pilotage information. We understand that the Northeast Marine Pilots, Inc., has advised NOAA that the CP2 correctly describes the location of the pilot boarding area, and that organization members are still using VHF-FM channel 18A as a pilotage working frequency. As we discussed in our letter of March 14, 1991, the Chairman of the State Pilotage Commission stated that the use of VHF-FM channel 18A as the pilot frequency had been discontinued before the accident. We appreciate NOAA's intent to resolve these issues with the Rhode Island State Pilotage Commission with the goal of implementing appropriate changes, if warranted, in the next edition of CP2. We will hold Safety Recommendation M-91-5 in an "Open--Acceptable Response" status pending resolution of these issues, and we look forward to receiving your further response.

From: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 4/12/1991
Response: PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF M-91-5, NOAA HAS RECEIVED NO NOTIFICA TION OF A CHANGE IN THE PILOTAGE WORKING FREQUENCY IN RHODE ISLAND WATERS. ON 3/29/91, A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NORTHEAST MARINE PILOTS, INC., THE ONLY PILOTAGE ASSOCIATION OPERATING IN NARRAGANSETT BAY, INDICATED THAT ORGANIZATION WAS STILL USING VHF-FM CHANNEL 18A. HE ALSO INDICATED THAT THE LOCATION OF THE PILOT BOARDING AREA IS CORRECTLY DESCRIBED IN CP2. NOAA WILL RESOLVE THESE ISSUES WITH THE RHODE ISLAND STATE PILOTAGE COMMISSION, ENSURE THAT ANY APPROPRIATE CHANGES ARE REFLECTED IN THE NEXT EDITION OF CP2, AND ADVISE NTSB OF ACTIONS TAKEN.