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Safety Recommendation M-97-010
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Synopsis: ON 6/10/95, THE PANAMANIAN PASSENGER SHIP ROYAL MAJESTY GROUNDED ON ROSE CROWN SHOAL ABOUT 10 MILES EAST OF NANTUCKET ISLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, & ABOUT 17 MILES FROM WHERE THE WATCH OFFICERS THOUGHT THE VESSEL WAS. THE VESSEL, WITH 1,509 PERSONS ON BOARD, WAS EN ROUTE FROM ST. GEORGE'S, BERMUDA, TO BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS. THERE WERE NO DEATHS OR INJURIES AS A RESULT OF THIS ACCIDENT. DAMAGE TO THE VESSEL & LOST REVENUE, HOWEVER, WERE ESTIMATED AT ABOUT $7 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB REITERATES RECOMMENDATIONS M-93-18 & -19 & RECOMMENDS THAT THE USCG: AS PART OF THE FOREIGN FLAG PASSENGER SHIP CONTROL VERIFICATION EXAMINATION PROGRAM, ASSESS THE ADEQUACY OF INSTALLED INTEGRATED BRIDGE SYSTEMS & VERIFY THAT THE SHIPS' OFFICERS ARE PROPERLY TRAINED IN THEIR OPERATION & POSSIBLE FAILURE MODES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Atlantic Ocean, AO, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA95MM042
Accident Reports:
Grounding of the Panamanian Passenger Ship Royal Majesty on Rose and Crown Shoal
Report #: MAR-97-01
Accident Date: 6/10/1995
Issue Date: 4/10/1997
Date Closed: 4/20/1999
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 4/20/1999
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD AGREES THAT EVERY COAST GUARD INSPECTOR CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO HAVE A COMPELETE OPERATING KNOWLEDGE OF EVERY INTEGRATED BRIDGE SYSTEM; HOWEVER, INSPECTORS DO NEED TO HAVE SOME UNDERSTANDING OF THE OPERATION AND FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF A SYSTEM WHEN THEY REQUIRE AN OPERATOR TO DEMONSTRATE THE SYSTEM AS PART OF A PORT STATE EXAM. IN ADDITION, INSPECTORS MUST HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF AN OPERATOR'S RESPONSIBILITY AND THE QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED TO SAFELY OPERATE THE SYSTEM. THE COAST GUARD HAS IMPLEMENTED ENFORCEMENT GUIDELINES FOR ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH THE 1995 AMENDMENTS TO STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION AND WATCHKEEPING (STCW) ON ALL FOREIGN SHIPS, INCLUDING PASSENGER VESSELS, IN NAVIGATION AND VESSEL INSPECTION CIRCULAR (NVIC) NO. 3-98, PORT STATE CONTROL GUIDELINES FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE 1995 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION AND WATCHKEEPING FOR SEAFARERS, 1978 (STCW), WHICH SERVES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE RECOMMENDED ACTION. ACCORDINGLY, M-97-10 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ALERNATE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 11/6/1998
Response: WE CONCUR WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. CONSIDERING THE INNUMERABLE COMBINATIONS OF NAVIGATIONAL EQUIPMENT THAT CAN BE USED IN THE INSTALLATION OF INTEGRATED BRIDGE SYSTEMS, IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR THE COAST GUARD TO ATTEMPT TO ASSESS THE ADEQUACY OF EACH SUCH SYSTEM BEYOND ENSURING THAT IT PROVIDES BASIC INFORMATION FOR SAFE NAVIGATION TO THE WATCHSTANDERS. THE COAST GUARD CAN AND DOES ASSESS AND VERIFY THE QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCY OF THE WATCHSTANDERS WHO USE THE INTEGRATED BRIDGE SYSTEMS. THE 1995 AMENDMENTS TO STCW, PROVIDE THE NECESSARY AUTHORITY AND GUIDANCE TO CONDUCT SUCH ASSESSMENTS. THE COAST GUARD HAS IMPLEMENTED ENFORCEMENT GUIDELINES FOR ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH THE 1995 AMENDMENTS TO STCW ON ALL FOREIGN SHIPS, INCLUDING PASSENGER VESSELS, IN NAVIGATION AND VESSEL INSPECTION CIRCULAR (NVIC) NO. 3-98, "PORT STATE CONTROL GUIDELINES FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE 1995 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION AND WATCHKEEPING FOR SEAFARERS, 1978 (STCWA)." THE COAST GUARD PLANS NO FURTHER ACTION ON THIS RECOMMENDATION AND REQUESTS THAT IT BE CLOSED.

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