US NTSB Meeting On Crown Princess

   The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a 
public Board meeting Thursday, January 10, at 9:30 a.m., in 
its Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza, 
S.W., Washington, D.C.

        There is one item on the agenda.  The Board will 
consider a final report on the following accident:

        On July 18, 2006, the cruise ship Crown Princess, 
which had been in service about a month, departed Port 
Canaveral, Florida, for Brooklyn, New York, its last port on 
a 10-day round trip voyage to the Caribbean. Slightly more 
than an hour after departing, while on a heading to 
intersect its track to Brooklyn, the vessel's automatic 
steering system began a turn to port. During efforts by the 
crew to counter the effects of a perceived high rate of 
turn, the vessel heeled to a maximum angle of about 24 degrees to 
starboard. The heeling caused people to be thrown about or 
struck by unsecured objects, resulting in injuries to 298 
passengers and crewmembers. The vessel incurred no damage to 
its structure but sustained considerable damage to unsecured 
interior components, cabinets, and their contents.

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