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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-99-023
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Synopsis: ON 5/14/97, THE U.S. COAST GUARD BUOY TENDER COWSLIP AND THE PANAMANIAN CONTAINER SHIP EVER GRADE COLLIDED IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER NEAR ASTORIA, OREGON. ONE PERSON WAS INJURED AS A RESULT OF THE ACCIDENT. THE EVER GRADE WAS ONLY SLIGHTLY DAMAGED IN THE COLLISION, BUT THE COWSLIP SUSTAINED SERIOUS DAMAGE TO ITS HULL AND SUPERSTRUCTURE. THE COST OF REPAIRS FOR BOTH VESSELS WAS ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN $1.2 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE U.S. COAST GUARD: ISSUE INSTRUCTIONS TO U.S. COAST GUARD COMMANDING OFFICERS TO AVOID, WHENEVER OPERATIONAL IMPERATIVES PERMIT, MEETING DEEP DRAFT VESSELS AT SHARP BENDS OR TURNS IN CHANNELS, ESPECIALLY DURING PERIODS OF REDUCED VISIBILITY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Columbia River, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA97MM033
Accident Reports:
Collision between Panamanian Container Ship Ever Grade and U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Cowslip
Report #: None
Accident Date: 5/14/1997
Issue Date: 2/17/2000
Date Closed: 4/21/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 4/21/2004
Response: The Safety Board notes that since 2000, the Coast Guard's Command and Operations School has instructed students, through classroom instruction and simulator scenarios, to avoid meeting deep draft vessels at turns or intersections. Further, because typical tour rotations for command personnel are from 2 to 3 years, all current commanding officers, executive officers, officers-in-charge and executive petty officers should have received this instruction. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-99-23 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 11/21/2003
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/24/2003 11:53:02 AM MC# 2030572 Since our initial response to this recommendation, the Command and Operations School ban continued to provide instruction to avoid meeting deep draft vessels at turns or intersections. This includes classroom instruction and simulator scenarios. Since the normal afloat tour rotations for commanding officers (COs) are from 2-3 years, all current COs in addition to executive officers, oficers in charge and executive petty officers should have received this instruction. Therefore, we consider our action on this recommendation complete and request that it be closed.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 7/30/2003
Response: An interim response from the USCG that actions addressing M-99-023 have been completed. A USCG letter addressing this recommendation and others currently is being prepared to formally address this and other recommendations. M-99-23 is classified "Open--Acceptable Response," pending the USCG letter.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 10/24/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT PROSPECTIVE COMMANDING AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS (CO'S AND XO'S) BEING TRAINED AT THE COAST GUARD'S COMMAND AND OPERATIONS SCHOOL ARE RECEIVING INSTRUCTION TO AVOID MEETING DEEP DRAFT VESSELS AT TURNS AND INTERSECTIONS. THE BOARD NOTES THAT THIS INSTRUCTION INCLUDES INCORPORATION OF THIS ACCIDENT AND OTHERS IN SIMULATOR SCENARIOS THAT POSE SUCH MEETINGS TO THE STUDENTS WHO ARE EXPECTED TO INITIATE COMMUNICATIONS AND MANEUVER APPROPRIATELY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A PASSING SCORE. HOWEVER, THE COAST GUARD HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY INFORMATION ON HOW IT INSTRUCTED CURRENT CO'S AND XO'S, ONLY THE PROSPECTIVE OFFICERS. ACCORDINGLY, PENDING FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE COAST GUARD ON HOW IT INSTRUCTED THE CURRENT CO'S AND XO'S, M-99-23 IS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 8/2/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 08/09/2000 5:15:20 PM MC# 2001035 THE U.S. COAST GUARD'S COMMAND AND OPERATIONS SCHOOL HAS BEEN INSTRUCTING PROSPECTIVE COMMANDING OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS TO AVOID MEETING DEEP DRAFT VESSELS AT TURNS AND INTERSECTIONS. THIS INCLUDES THE USE OF SIMULATOR SCENARIOS THAT POSE SUCH MEETINGS TO THE STUDENTS WHO ARE EXPECTED TO INITIATE COMMUNICATIONS AND MANEUVER APPROPRIATELY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A PASSING SCORE. TO FURTHER EMPHASIZE THIS ISSUE WE HAVE FORWARDED THE DETAILS OF THE COLLISION BETWEEN THE COWSLIP AND THE EVER GRADE TO THE COMMAND AND OPERATIONS SCHOOL FOR THEIR INFORMATION AND INCORPORATION INTO THEIR COURSE OF INSTRUCTION. OUR ACTION ON THIS RECOMMENDATION IS COMPLETED AND WE REQUEST THAT IT BE CLOSED.