NTSB releases findings of cruise dock collision in Sitka

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a report on an incident that occurred on May 9, 2022, involving a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, the Radiance of the Seas, striking a cruise terminal pier in Sitka Sound. The NTSB determined that the crew’s overreliance on the electronic chart and the master’s misunderstanding of the distances were the primary causes of the incident. Additionally, the Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal did not inform the relevant hydrographic authority about the extension of the pier, resulting in an outdated navigational chart. Lessons learned from the investigation emphasized the importance of comprehensive voyage planning, accurate communication of reference points for manoeuvring, and prompt reporting of significant modifications to hydrographic authorities to update navigational charts. Ensuring accurate and up-to-date navigational information and effective communication is crucial for maritime safety.

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