|Subject||NTSB Acting Chairman Praises USCG & MAIB
|Writer||Lee Min Jung
NTSB ACTING CHAIRMAN PRAISES TWO MARINE ORGANIZATIONS FOR ACTIONS TO ENSURE SAFETY<br> ON THE WATERWAYS
<br />United States - National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker today in a speech before <br>the 8th Annual National Harbor Safety Committee Conference applauded the actions taken by the U.S. Coast Guard<br> and the United Kingdom's Marine Accident Investigation Branch to ensure transportation safety on waterways.
<br />"Government, industry, professional groups, and other organizations, are an essential part of a strong and successful <br>marine transportation industry," Rosenker said.
<br />During his speech, he applauded the steps the Coast Guard is taking to address the passenger weight issue noting<br> that in yesterday's Federal Register the Coast Guard announced a commitment to a high priority rulemaking to address <br>this matter, and in the meantime to implement an interim program so that passenger weight stability issues can be <br> addressed right away. These actions are in response to Safety Board recommendations made last month following<br> its investigation of the Lady D, a pontoon water taxi that capsized in Baltimore Harbor in March 2004.
<br />Rosenker also noted, during the speech given in Washington, D.C, the recent fire aboard the cruise ship Star Princess<br> which is being investigated by the United Kingdom. Today the United Kingdom announced urgent recommendations<br> to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention concerning fire safety on passenger ships as a result of this fire. A Safety Board <br>marine investigator participated in the investigation.
<br />The full text of the speech is available on the NTSB website at: www.ntsb.gov.