The reliable operation of vessel steering systems is vital to the prevention of accidents in congested and restricted ports and waterways. Increases in the number and size of ships, particularly those transporting hazardous materials such as crude oil, liquefied petroleum gas and liquefied natural gas, have increased the potential for disastrous consequences when accidents occur. Since mid-1973, the Safety Board has analyzed three accidents caused by steering failure, identified critical safety problems, and issued a total of 17 recommendations to the U.S. Coast Guard urging adoption of improved steering system safety standards. In response to Safety Board recommendations, the Coast Guard has proposed new or improved safety regulations applicable to U.S. vessels, and in some cases, to both U.S. and foreign vessels. However, the Coast Guard has not implemented safety improvements as rapidly as possible and has been reluctant to apply standards unilaterally to foreign vessels which call at U.S. ports in the absence of international acceptance of the standards. The effect is a double standard of safety for U.S. and foreign vessels.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Office of Aviation Safety
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1979-9-21

Media Info

  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00302283
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-SR-79-1 Safety Rpt
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1979 12:00AM