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Safety Recommendation M-91-007
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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: PROPOSE TO THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION (IMO) THAT THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION, AND WATCHKEEPING FOR SEAFARERS, 1978 (STCW) BE AMENDED TO REQUIRE BRIDGE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR DECK WATCH OFFICERS.
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: 3/11/1992
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Crew Resource Management, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
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-91-7 asked the Coast Guard to propose to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW) be amended to require bridge resource management training for deck watch officers. The Safety Board is pleased that the Coast Guard concurs with the intent of this recommendation and is actively working with the IMO to amend the STCW. The Coast Guard's initiative and continued involvement in the IMO Maritime Safety Committee human factors working group will help ensure that human factors and bridge resource management training are adequately addressed. Although, Safety Recommendation M-91-7 will now be classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action," we would appreciate being kept informed of your progress.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 1/16/1992
Response: THE USCG CONCURS WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION AND IS ACTIVELY PURSUING EFFORTS AT IMO THAT ADDRESS HUMAN FACTORS. THE COAST GUARD INITIATED AND IS INTIMATELY INVOLVED IN THE IMO MARITIME SAFETY COMMITEE "HUMAN FACTORS WORKING GROUP." THE WORKING GROUP IS INTENDED TO ENSURE THAT ENSURE HUMAN FACTORS ARE ADDRESSED AT EVERY STAGE OF THE IMO DECISION MAKING PROCESS. AMONG THE SUBJECTS WHICH THE U.S. HAS SAID BE ADDRESSED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEES ON NAVIGATION (NAV) AND ON THE STANDARDS OF TRAINING AND WATCHKEEPING (STW) ARE "SAFE AND EFFICIENT BRIDGE PROCEDURES," AND "THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE MASTER/NAVIGATIONAL WATCH AND PILOT." STW WILL ALSO BE REVIEWING STCW REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO "ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE SKILLS." AT ITS 37TH SESSION IN SEPTEMBER 1991, THE NAVIGATION SUBCOMMITTEE GAVE PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATION TO DEVELOPING STANDARDIZED BRIDGE PROCEDURES. THE U.S. DELEGATION SUPPORTED DEVELOPMENT OF GUIDELINES ON BRIDGE PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES "BASED ON A COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION OF BRIDGE ARRANGEMENTS WHICH ARE CONSIDERED NECCESSARY TO PERFORM ALL NAVIGATIONAL WATCHSTANDING TASKS EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICENTLY." IMO GUIDELINES OF THIS NATURE ARE USUALLY ISSUED IN THE FORM OF AN IMO RESOLUTION. SUCH RESOLUTIONS ARE THEN USED AS THE BASIS FOR DEVELOPING TRAINING PROGRAMS WHICH CONFORM WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS. AGAIN ACTING ON U.S. INITIATIVE, THE MARITIME SAFETY COMMITTEE IS EXPECTED TO ISSUE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS TO ITS SUBCOMMITTEES REGARDING BRIDGE ARRANGEMENTS AND OTHER HUMAN FACTOR ISSUES AT ITS 60TH SESSION IN APRIL 1992.

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.