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Safety Recommendation M-97-018
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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 ELECTRONIC ASSOCIATION: RECOMMEND TO ITS MEMBERS THAT THEY DESIGN & INSTALL CRITICAL AURAL ALARMS THAT ARE CONTINUOUS & REQUIRE THE USER TO TAKE ACTION TO SILENCE THEM.
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)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: National Marine Electronics Association
Date: 7/23/1998
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THAT NMEA HAS EXPRESSED ITS STRONG BELIEF THAT MEMBERS SHOULD INSTALL CRITICAL ALARMS THAT ARE BOTH CONTINUOUS & REQUIRE OPERATOR ACTION TO SILENCE THEM IN TECHNICAL SESSIONS & IN REVISIONS TO NMEA 0183; THE NMEA PLANS TO DO SO AGAIN IN THE MAY/JUNE 1998 ISSUE TO MARINE ELECTRONIC. ACCORDINGLY, M-97-18 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.