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Safety Recommendation M-97-011
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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, VERIFY THAT THE WATCHSTANDING PROCEDURES OF SHIPS' OFFICERS INCLUDE THE USE OF MULTIPLE INDEPENDENT MEANS OF POSITION VERIFICATION.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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 Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 4/20/1999
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT THE COAST GUARD HAS DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED ENFORCEMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURES, WHICH ARE BEING USED IN ITS CONTROL VERIFICATION EXAMINATION AND PORT STATE CONTROL PROGRAMS, FOR THE STCW AND THE ISM CODE. THE BOARD FURTHER UNDERSTANDS THAT, WITH THE COAST GUARD'S EXPANDING ENFORCEMENT OF THE 1995 AMENDMENTS TO STCW AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ISM CODE, INADEQUATE WATCHKEEPING PROCEDURES WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. FURTHER, IN ADDITION TO THE WATCHKEEPING REQUIREMENTS OF THE STCW, THE ISM CODE HAS SPECIFIC REQIREMENTS FOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR KEY SHIPBOARD OPERATIONS CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF THE SHIP, INCLUDING NAVIGATIONAL PROCEDURES. ACCORDINGLY, M-97-11 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 11/6/1998
Response: WE CONCUR WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. WITH THE EXPANDING ENFORCEMENT OF THE 1995 AMENDMENTS TO STCW AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ISM CODE, INADEQUATE WATCHKEEPING PROCEDURES WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. IN ADDITION TO THE WATCHKEEPING REQUIREMENTS OF STCW, THE ISM CODE HAS SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR KEY SHIPBOARD OPERATIONS CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF THE SHIP, INCLUDING NAVIGATIONAL PROCEDURES. THE COAST GUARD HAS DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED ENFORCEMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURES, WHICH ARE BEING USED IN ITS CONTROL VERIFICATION EXAMINATION AND PORT STATE CONTROL PROGRAMS, FOR THE STCW AND THE ISM CODE. THESE ENFORCEMENT GUIDELINES ARE IN 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)", AND IN NVIC NO. 4-98, "PORT STATE CONTROL GUIDELINES FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF AND COMPLIANCE WITH CHAPTER IX OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA, 1974 (SOLAS), "MANAGEMENT FOR THE SAFE OPERATION OF SHIPS." 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.