COLLISION M/V WORLD NOBILITY AND S/S PENNSYLVANIA GETTY, MOUTH OF CHESAPEAKE BAY NEAR NORFOLK, VA, DECEMBER 29, 1978. MARINE ACCIDENT REPORT

About 1819 e.s.t. on December 29, 1978, the outbound Liberian bulk carrier M/V World Nobility and the inbound Liberian ore/bulk/oil (OBO) carrier S/S Pennsylvania Getty collided at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay about 15 nmi east of Norfolk, Virginia. The bow of the Pennsylvania Getty penetrated the No. 1 cargo hold on the forward port side of the World Nobility. There were no deaths or injuries resulting from the accident. Damage to the vessels was estimated at about $3 million. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the masters of the World Nobility and the Pennsylvania Getty to safely maneuver their vessels because of inattention, and their failure to comply with the International Regulations for Preventing both vessels to transit an area subject to heavy converging location of the Chesapeake Bay pilotage area, necessitating both vessels to transit an ear subject to heavy converging traffic without the assistance of pilots.

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    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1979-5-31

Media Info

  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196201
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Transportation Safety Board
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-MAR-79-7
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM