NTSB made ferry safety proposals

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Ivestigation of incidents
(NTSB), The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board in recent times made a conclusion that the probable cause of a loss of propulsion control of a Staten Island Ferry 2 years ago was the failure of a solenoid. The clash involving the Andrew J. Barberi was a result in the ship alliding with a pier, harming people badly and another 47 passengers and crew reporting minor injuries. The damage to the ferry and terminal was more than $182,000.
An investigation of the accident, the NTSB has now made certain safety proposals in a recent letter to U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM Robert Papp. 1 of those proposals is that newly built U.S.-flag ships of type passenger with controllable pitch propulsion, including cycloidal propulsion, should have alarms that audibly and visually show the operator to deviations between the operator's propulsion and steering commands and the actual response.
NTSB informed that "where technically feasible," these same systems should be retrofitted on existing U.S.-flag passenger ships. NTSB recommend to the Coast Guard to require all U.S.-flag passenger ship operators to use safety management systems, taking into account the characteristics, methods of operation, and nature of service of these ferries, and, with respect to ships, the sizes of the ferry systems within which the ships operate.
The NTSB also propose 2 recent recommendations it send to the U.S. Coast Guard. Require equipment with voyage data recorders (VDR) that meet the international performance regulation on new passenger ships.