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Safety Recommendation M-97-015
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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 RECOMMENDS THAT THE RAYTHEON MARINE: DESIGN ITS POSITION RECEIVERS TO PROVIDE CONTINUOUS AURAL ALARMS THAT REQUIRE THE USER TO TAKE ACTION TO SILENCE THEM.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
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: 6/6/2000
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Raytheon Marine Company (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Raytheon Marine Company
Date: 6/6/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT SINCE PUBLICATION OF THE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS, RAYTHEON HAS NOT DEVELOPED OR PRODUCED ANY HYBRID POSITIONING SYSTEMS. THE SAFETY BOARD IS, HOWEVER, PLEASED TO LEARN THAT SHOULD RAYTHEON DO SO IN THE FUTURE, THE RAYTHEON SYSTEMS WILL FULLY COMPLY WITH THE BOARD'S RECOMMENDATIONS. ACCORDINGLY, BECAUSE RAYTHEON HAS NOT DEVELOPED OR PRODUCED ANY HYBRID POSITIONING SYSTEMS SINCE THESE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE ISSUED, M-97-14 AND -15 HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: Raytheon Marine Company
To: NTSB
Date: 3/30/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 04/04/2000 11:39:35 AM MC# 2000480 AGAIN, SINCE PUBLICATION OF THE NTSB'S RECOMMENDATIONS, RAYTHEON MARINE COMPANY HAS NOT DESIGNED OR MARKETED ANY IMO COMPLIANT POSITION RECEIVER. WE HAVE DEVELOPED AND BROUGHT TO MARKET ONE RECREATIONAL GPS CHARTPLOTTER, MODEL RC-520, WHICH HAS AURAL ALARMS THAT REQUIRE THE USER TO TAKE ACTION TO SILENCE THEM. THESE ALARMS INCLUDE CROSS TRACK ERROR (XTE), ARRIVAL ALARM AND ANCHOR WATCH ALARM. IN ADDITION, SHOULD THIS UNIT LOSE TRACK OF THE GPS SATELLITES FOR ANY REASON, A BOLD NO FIX INDICAITON IS SHOWN ON THE DISPLAY AND ALL WARNING FLAGS OF THE NMEA PROTOCOL ARE ACTIVATED. SINCE THE INCIDENT WITH THE ROYAL MAJESTY, RAYTHEON MARINE COMPANY HAS BECOME A SIGNIFICANT PLAYER IN THE INTEGRATED NAVIGATION SYSTEMS AND INTEGRATED BRIDGE SYSTEMS MARKETPLACE. SPECIAL CARE, BASED IN PART ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE NTSB, WAS GIVEN TO THE ALARM MANAGEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS TO ENSURE THAT REGARDLESS OF WHICH POSITIONING SYSTEMS WERE USED WITH THE INS/IBS, A SITUATION SUCH AS OCCURRED WITH THE ROYAL MAJESTY COULD NOT HAPPEN. MULTIPLE POSITION SYSTEMS ARE REQUIRED AND ALL WARNING ALARMS MUST BE ACKNOWLEDGED AT THE CENTRALIZED CONTROL PANEL. WE ALSO INCORPORATE FAILURE MODE AND EFFECTS ANALYSIS (FMEA) IN OUR SYSTEM DESIGN AND TEST PROCESSES. WE TRUST THAT THIS LETTER WILL SUFFICE AS A DOCUMENT THAT CAN BE USED BY THE NTSB TO CLOSE RECOMMENDATIONS M-97-14 AND -15 IN AN ACCEPTABLE FASHION.

From: NTSB
To: Raytheon Marine Company
Date: 9/18/1998
Response: NTSB REQUESTED A FOLLOWUP.