MV Bright Field

MV Bright Field

MV "Bright Field" was a bulk cargo ship which rammed with the Riverwalk Marketplace shopping complex in New Orleans, Louisiana, on the afternoon of Saturday, December 14, 1996, after losing engine power. The vessel was fully loaded with grain at the time of the incident. The United States Coast Guard investigated the incident and published its findings on December 8, 1997, citing the cause of the engine failure as a poorly-maintained oil filter. [ cite web|url= |title=Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the loss of propulsion on the bulk carrier "Bright Field" and allision with the Riverwalk Shopping Complex on December 14, 1996 in New Orleans, Louisiana, with multiple injuries and no loss of life. |accessdate=2007-03-31 |date=1997-12-08 |format=pdf |publisher=United States Coast Guard ] A secondary but contributory cause was determined as a main-engine automation system which produced warnings and alarms that were not consistently relayed to the ship's Master. The National Transportation Safety Board published its final report on January 13, 1998, which concurred with the Coast Guard's determinations and appear to charge the ship's operating company with the responsibility for the casualty. [ cite web|url= |title=National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident Report - Allision of the Liberian Freighter "Bright Field" With the Poydras Street Wharf, Riverwalk Marketplace, and New Orleans Hilton Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, December 14, 1996. |accessdate=2007-03-31 |date=1998-01-13 |format=PDF |publisher=National Transportation Safety Board ]

The incident resulted in no deaths, but 66 persons were injured. Physical damage to the "Bright Field" was calculated at $1,857,952. Damage to the Riverwalk, including the pier, condominium properties, shops and hotel, totaled an estimated $15 million.

The spot where the "Bright Field" collided with the Riverwalk is marked on site with a plaque.

The "Bright Field" was repaired immediately following the incident, and in 2000 was reportedly seen again in the New Orleans harbor bearing the name "Bright Star". [ cite web|url= |title=Bright Field / Riverwalk New Orleans Accident Site |accessdate=2007-03-31 ] As of 2007, the vessel is named "Bright City", operates under the Liberian flag and carries a Chinese crew. [ cite web|url= |title=COSCO H.K. Shipping Co., Ltd. Vessel Information Details |accessdate=2007-04-02 ]


External links

*Psix_name|322059|"Bright Field" (as "Bright City")
* [ Compilation of photos, video, and maps] of "Bright Field" allision with the Riverwalk Marketplace

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