In an official hearing on Commercial and Passenger Vessel Safety on Thursday, the head of NTSB’s Marine Safety Office critiqued the US Coast Guard’s willingness to bolster safety rules for passenger vessels, on the aftermath of three fatal incidents involving small vessels in US waters.
The US National Transportation Safety Board published an updated list of the safety recommendations associated with the agency’s 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, following the recent closure of eight safety recommendations.
On the aftermath of the sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Destination’ with loss of six crewmembers, the NTSB issued a safety alert highlighting how icing can dangerously degrade a vessel’s stability. The investigation showed that the vessel likely capsized at night in rough seas and gale force winds due to topside ice accumulation.
The US Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed a bill to enhance maritime safety in response to the tragic loss of the El Faro in 2015. The Maritime Safety Act of 2018, implements the Commandant of the Coast Guard’s final action memo regarding the sinking of the El Faro. The bill includes provisions that require Voyage Data Recorders float free after an accident, among others.
NTSB issued a report, urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Service, and the US Coast Guard to take action on tropical cyclone recommendations, in the interest of mariner safety. The recommendations derive primarily from the NTSB’s ongoing investigation into the sinking of cargo vessel El Faro on October 2015.
The National Transportation Safety Board announced that the agency will participate in the International Conference on Managing Fatigue, to be held on 20-23 March in San Diego, which will focus on fatigue, and its impact on safety. In particular, the main discussions will concentrate on the theme “Managing Fatigue to Improve Safety, Wellness, and Effectiveness.”
The NTSB has released a safety study which details 14 conclusions and 21 recommendations aimed at further reducing the risk of collisions, allisions, and groundings involving vessels operating within U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service areas.
The National Transportation Safety Board released the agenda and list of panelists for the forum, Cruise Ships: Examining Safety, Operations and Oversight, scheduled for March 25-26.
The National Transportation Safety Board today announced it will hold a public forum on cruise ship safety and oversight on March 25-26 in Washington.
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