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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-97-017
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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 NATIONAL MARINE ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION: ADVISE ITS MEMBERS TO (1) IMMEDIATELY INFORM THE NATIONAL MARINE ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION & THE INTERNATIONAL ELECTROTECHNICAL COMMISSION OF PRECEIVED INADEQUACIES IN ELECTRONIC INTERFACE STANDARDS & (2) IF APPLICABLE, DESIGN THEIR HYBRID POSITIONING SYSTEMS TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES ("TALK") AS INTEGRATED INSTRUMENTS (II) WITH AN APPROPRIATE SYSTEM MODE IDENTIFIER (SYS).
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: 7/23/1998
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: National Marine Electronics Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: National Marine Electronics Association
Date: 7/23/1998
Response: M-97-17 ASKED THE NMEA TO ADVISE ITS MEMBERS TO (1) IMMEDIATELY INFORM THE NMEA & THE INTERNATIONAL ELECTROTECHNICAL COMMISSION OF PRECEIVED INADEQUACIES IN ELECTRONIC INTERFACE STANDARDS & (2) IF APPLICABLE, DESIGN THEIR HYBRID POSITIONING SYSTEMS TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES ("TALK") AS INTEGRATED INSTRUMENTS (II) WITH AN APPROPRITE SYSTEM MODE IDENTIFER (SYS). BECAUSE THE REVISIONS TO NMEA 0183, VERSION 2.30, CONTAIN THE RECOMMENDED GUIDANCE, M-97-17 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: National Marine Electronics Association
To: NTSB
Date: 5/4/1998
Response: NMEA STANDARDS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, FRANK CASSIDY, "NMEA'S ACTION." A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE THE LATE 1980s WHEN THE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT ON THE BRIDGE OF ROYAL MAJESTY DURING THE GROUNDING WAS DESIGNED. SYSTEMS HAVE BECOME MORE COMPLEX & THE DEPENDENCE ON SHIPBOARD SYSTEMS HAS BECOME EVERN MORE COMMON. SHIPBOARD EQUIPMENT DESIGNS HAVE BECOME MORE SOPHISTICATED, THE DESIGNERS HAVE BETTER TOOLS, & HAVE MORE EXPERIENCE BUILDING INTEGRATED SYSTEMS. NMEA 103 HAS CHANGED AS WELL. THE NMEA 0183 VERSIONS 1.1 & 1.5 THAT WERE IN USE AT THE TIME THAT ROYAL MAJESTY'S EQUIPMENT WAS BUILT CONTAINED ALL THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS THAT COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE MISUNDERSTANDINGS BETWEEN THE EQUIPMENT ON THE BRIDGE OF ROYAL MAJESTY, BUT NEWER VERSIONS, STARTING WITH VERSION 2.0, ARE CLEARER & EASIER TO FOLLOW. MORE IMPORTANTLY A VAST AMOUNT EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN OBTAINED USING THE STANDARD; BOTH THE DESIGNERS & THE STANDARD ITSELF HAVE BENEFITED FROM THIS.