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Safety Recommendation M-97-019
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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 INTERNATIONAL ELECTROTECHNICAL COMMISSION: ADVISE ITS MEMBERS TO (1) IMMEDIATELY INFORM THE NATIONAL MARINE ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATON & 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 IDENTIFER (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: 10/25/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: International Electrotechnical Commission (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: International Electrotechnical Commission
Date: 10/25/2002
Response: The IEC responded to these recommendations in a March 28, 2000, letter, stating that the IEC performance standard IEC 61162-1 Ed.2 was in the form of a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) that had been circulated for voting to IEC National Committees on January 28, 2000. Further, because the FDIS had indicated it would incorporate the recommended information, on May 11, 2000, Safety Recommendations M-97-19 and -20 were classified "Open--Acceptable Response," pending receipt of further information from the IEC on the status of this FDIS. The Safety Board recently received a copy of the IEC performance standard IEC 61162-1 Ed.2 from the U.S. IEC representative, Mr. Joe Hersey, and upon review of the revised document, noted that the recommended changes have been incorporated as requested. Accordingly, Safety Recommendations M-97-19 and -20 are classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: NTSB
To: International Electrotechnical Commission
Date: 9/28/2001
Response: To date, the Board has not received any further response from the IEC and would appreciate being informed about the efforts that have been made or are being made to implement these safety recommendations. If action has been completed, the Safety Board would appreciate receiving a copy of the final standard. Please address your response to Ms. Marion C. Blakey, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board, and refer to the recommendations by number. A copy of the recommendation letter is enclosed for your reference.

From: NTSB
To: International Electrotechnical Commission
Date: 5/11/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE IEC PERFORMANCE STANDARD IEC 611621-1 ED.2 IS IN THE FORM OF A FINAL DRAFT INTERNATIONAL STANDARD (FDIS) THAT WAS CIRCULATED FOR VOTING TO IEC NATIONAL COMMITTEES ON 1/28/00. SUBSEQUENT TO REVISION/VOTING PROCEDURES DURING 1999, WE UNDERSTAND THAT VOTING TERMINATED ON 4/17/00, WITH EXPECTED PUBLICATION AS A FULL INTERNATIONAL STANDARD IN JUNE 2000. ACCORDINGLY, M-97-19 AND -20 WILL REMAIN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE," PENDING FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE IEC ON THE STATUS OF THIS FDIS. THE SAFETY BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE RECEIVING A COPY OF THE FDIS WHEN IT IS AVAILABLE.

From: International Electrotechnical Commission
To: NTSB
Date: 3/28/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 04/04/2000 11:30:51 AM MC# 2000478 IEC 61161-1 ED.2, IN THE FORM OF A FINAL DRAFT INTERNATIONAL STANDARD (FDIS), WAS CIRCULATED FOR VOTING TO IEC NATIONAL COMMITTEES ON 1/28/00, HAVING GONE THROUGH EARLIER REVISION/VOTING PROCEDURES DURING 1999. VOTING ON THIS STANDARD TERMINATES ON 4/17/00. IT IS THEN EXPECTED TO BE PUBLISHED AS A FULL INTERNATIONAL STANDARD DURING JUNE 2000. THE FDIS INCORPORATES FULLY THE RESPONSES THAT I MADE IN MY PREVIOUS LETTER TO MR. MICHAEL BROWN OF THE NTSB, DATED 1/18/99. AT THAT TIME I EXPECTED THAT THE FULL STANDARD WOULD BE PUBLISHED IN JANUARY 2000 BUT DESPITE GOOD PROGRESS BEING MADE THIS EXPECTED DATE HAS NOW SLIPPED UNTIL JUNE. IT IS UNLIKELY THAT THIS DATE WILL SLIP FURTHER, AS THE FINAL STAGE OF VOTING IS NOW TAKING PLACE.

From: NTSB
To: International Electrotechnical Commission
Date: 4/13/1999
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD IS PLEASED THAT IEC HAS BEEN WORKING WITH THE NATIONAL MARINE ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION AND VARIOUS PANELS OF EXPERTS TO PRODUCE AN AMENDED STANDARD IEC 61162 THAT ADDRESSES OUR RECOMMENDATIONS. THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT THE IEC DRAFT IS UNDERGOING THE FINAL STAGES OF APPROVAL. ACCORDINGLY, M-97-19 AND -20 HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE" PENDING PUBLICATION OF THE FINAL STANDARD. THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE RECEIVING A COPY OF IEC 61162-1 WHEN AVAILABLE.

From: International Electrotechnical Commission
To: NTSB
Date: 1/18/1999
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 1/28/99 2:01:24 PM MC# 990058 IEC TC-80 WORKING GROUP 6 HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH NMEA REGARDING THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND ARE AWARE OF AND ARE IN AGREEMENT WITH THE REPORT THAT NMEA HAVE ALREADY SENT TO THE NTSB. AS A RESULT OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS THE IEC HAS PRODUCED AN AMENDED VERSION OF IEC 61162-1 (FORMERLY IEC 11 62-1) "MARITIME NAVIGATION AND RADIO COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT AND SYSTEMS -DIGITAL INTERFACES - PART 1: SINGLE TALKER AND MULTIPLE LISTENERS." THIS TEXT IS CURRENTLY ON INTERNATIONAL CIRCULATION FOR VOTING AND AGREEMENT. THE TEXT IS VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL TO NMEA 0 1 83 V 2.30. THE CURRENT STAGE OF INTERNATIONAL VOTING IS KNOWN AS THE COMMITTEE DRAFT FOR VOTE (CDV). THIS PRELIMINARY VOTING AND COMMENTING PROCESS IS DUE TO END ON 4/30/99. THE WORKING GROUP THEN INCLUDES THE CDV COMMENTS INTO A DRAFT INTERNATIONAL STANDARD (DIS). A FINAL VOTE, WITHOUT COMMENT, IS THEN MADE, NORMALLY RESULTING IN THE PUBLICATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD. UNFORTUNATELY GETTING INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT ON STANDARDS TAKES TIME AND IT IS NOT EXPECTED THAT THE AMENDED INTERNATIONAL STANDARD WILL BE PUBLISHED UNTIL JANUARY 2000. THE CDV INCORPORATES THE FEATURES ALREADY NOTIFIED TO YOU BY THE NMEA, NAMELY: PARA I (SCOPE) OF THE DRAFT REVISION INCLUDES: "IEC INTERFACE STANDARDS ARE DEVELOPED WITH INPUT FROM MANUFACTURERS, PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS, AND EQUIPMENT OPERATORS. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS STANDARD IS INTENDED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF USERS AT THE TIME OF PUBLICATION, BUT USERS MUST RECOGNIZE THAT AS APPLICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY CHANGE, INTERFACE STANDARDS MUST CHANGE AS WELL. USERS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE ADVISED TO IMMEDIATELY INFORM THE IEC OF ANY PERCEIVED INADEQUACIES IN THIS STANDARD." PARA 5.2 1.1 (APPROVED ADDRESS FIELD) OF THE DRAFT REVISION INCLUDES ADDITIONAL WORDING TO CLARIFY THE SITUATION: "THE TALKER IDENTIFIER SERVES TO DEFINE THE NATURE OF THE DATA BEING TRANSMITTED. DEVICES THAT HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO TRANSMIT DATA FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES SHALL TRANSMIT THE APPROPRIATE TALKER IDENTIFIER (E.G., A DEVICE WITH BOTH A GPS RECEIVER AND A LORAN C RECEIVER SHALL TRANSMIT GP WHEN THE POSITION IS GPS BASED, LC WHEN THE POSITION IS LORAN-C BASED, AND IN FOR INTEGRATED NAVIAGTION SHALL BE USED IF LINES OF POSITION FROM LORAN-C AND GPS ARE COMBINED INTO A POSITION FIX. DEVICES CAPABLE OF RE-TRANSMITTING DATA FROM OTHER SOURCES SHALL USE THE APPROPRIATE IDENTIFIER (E.G. GPS RECEIVERS TRANSMITTING HEADING DATA SHALL NOT TRANSMIT $GPHCD UNLESS COMPASS HEADING IS ACTUALLY DERIVED FROM THE GPS SIGNALS)."

From: NTSB
To: International Electrotechnical Commission
Date: 9/22/1998
Response: NTSB REQUESTED A FOLLOWUP.