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Safety Recommendation M-91-006
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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 U.S. COAST GUARD: REQUIRE BRIDGE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR ALL DECK WATCH OFFICERS OF U.S.-FLAG VESSELS OF MORE THAN 1,600 GROSS TONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Harbor, United States
Is Reiterated: Yes
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: 9/12/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Crew Resource Management, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 9/12/2001
Response: The Safety Board is pleased that the 1995 Amendments to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW '95) amendments and the U.S. regulations at 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 10.205(o), require bridge resource management (BRM) training and certification for masters and mates operating on vessels in ocean or near-coastal service. Although the Coast Guard did not develop a specific regulation that applies to all deck watch officers asked for in the safety recommendation, the Coast Guard's support in the passage of STCW '95 and issuance of 46 CFR 10.205(o) will ensure that the majority of U.S. deck watch officers will be required to receive training in BRM. In addition, the Coast Guard's actions were responsive to the BRM safety issues noted in the World Prodigy accident report. Therefore, Safety Recommendation M-91-6 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/31/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 04/10/2001 6:34:50 PM MC# 2010310 The Coast Guard has amended its regulations on domestic licensing and documentation of personnel on U.S. seagoing vessels in order to implement the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, as amended in 1995. 46 CFR 10.205(o) requires licensed deck officers to produce sufficient documentary proof that they understand and can effectively apply procedures for bridge team work as an essential aspect of maintaining a safe navigational watch if they are going to serve on vessels in ocean or near coastal service on or after February 1, 2002.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 7/14/1998
Response: NTSB REQUESTED A FOLLOWUP.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/21/1997
Response: BECAUSE THE CG'S NPRM (CGD 95-062), PROPOSES THAT CANDIDATES FOR FEDERAL MASTER AND MATE LICENSES WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE BRIDGE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (BRM) TRAINING, RECOMMENDATION M-91-6 WILL REMAIN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE," PENDING PUBLICATION OF THE FINAL RULES.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 8/6/1996
Response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

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 11/28/1994
Response: REMINDER TO USCG OF PENDING ACTION.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/25/1993
Response: From the marine accident report of the grounding of the United Kingdom passenger vessel RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 near Cuttyhunk Island Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts on August 7, 1992. The Board adopted this report on 5/25/1993.As a further result of its investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board reiterated the following safety recommendations to the U.S. Coast Guard: M-91-6 and M-91-28.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 4/2/1992
Response: This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated March 11, 1992 to Admiral Kime. Your letter addressed two of the recommendations resulting from the Safety Board's investigation of the WORLD PRODIGY grounding off the coast of Rhode Island in June 1989. Once the OPA 90 studies related to Safety Recommendation M-91-6 are completed, we will advise you of the direction we will be taking. In addition, progress reports pertaining to Safety Recommendation M-91-7 will be forthcoming.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 3/11/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation M-91-6 asked the Coast Guard to require bridge resource management training for all deck watch officers of U.S. flag vessels of more than 1,600 gross tons. The Safety Board notes that the Coast Guard intends to address this type of training in an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking after it reviews the studies mandated by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90). We would appreciate being advised of the direction the Coast Guard will proceed once the OPA90 studies are completed. In the meantime, Safety Recommendation M-91-6 has been classified as "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 1/16/1992
Response: THE USCG CONCURS WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION AND ANTICIPATES ADDRESSING THIS TYPE OF TRAINING IN AN ADVANCED NOTICE OF PROPROSED RULEMAKING UPON REVIEW OF THE STUDIES MANDATED BY THE OIL POLLUTION ACT OF 1990, WHICH ARE TO DETERMINE WHETHER EXISTING LAWS AND REGULATIONS ARE ADEQUATE TO ENSURE THE SAFE NAVIGATION OF VESSELS TRANSPORTING OIL OR HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES IN BULK.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 1/7/1992
Response: From the Marine accident report of the grounding of the U.S. tankship STAR CONNECTICUT in the Pacific Ocean near Barbers Point, Hawaii on November 6, 1990. The Board adopted this report on 1/7/1992. As a further result of its investigation of this accident, the Safety Board reiterates the following recommendation to the U.S. Coast Guard: M-91-6.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 12/16/1991
Response: On March 14, 1991, the National Transportation Safety Board issued Safety Recommendations M-91-6 and -7 to the U.S. Coast Guard as a result of the Safety Board's investigation of the June 23, 1989, grounding of the Greek tankship WORLD PRODIGY on Brenton Reef in Rhode Island Sound. Our records show, however, that we have not received a response from the Coast Guard regarding the recommended actions. We would appreciate being informed about efforts that have been or are being made to implement these safety recommendations. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We look forward to hearing from you.