January 18, 2005

NTSB opens S.I. ferry docket

As part of its continuing investigation into an accident involving a Staten Island ferry in New York City, the National Transportation Safety Board today opened a public docket and released a series of factual reports on the accident.

The ferry Andrew J. Barberi was on a scheduled run, on October 15, 2003, from lower Manhattan (Whitehall Terminal) when it struck a pier at St. George Terminal, Staten Island. Ten passengers were killed and over 30 were injured. The 310-foot ferry was substantially damaged.

The information released, says the NTSB, is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. It includes investigative group factual reports, photos, interview transcripts, and other documents from the investigation. Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with conclusions and a determination of probable cause, will come at a later date when the final report on the investigation is completed.

Docket material also can be obtained from the NTSB's Public Inquiries Branch by calling (202) 314-6551, or from General Microfilm, Inc., (301) 929- 8888

Meantime, some of the material is available on the New York Newsday website at: http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/si/nyc-ferrydocs.gallery.

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