• October 15, 2003 at about 15:30 the ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi slammed into a maintenance pier at the Staten Island Maintenance Facility on Staten Island. The impact of the crash snapped the pilings at the seaward corner of the pier like toothpicks. After ripping apart the pilings the concrete slab of the pier tore through the main deck Staten Island end Jersey side of the ferry. As the concrete slab raced down the boat it wiped out everything that was in its path. Seats were ripped up and pushed to the back of the boat. The aluminum superstructure was ripped open like a tin can. All that could be done was to run and hope you could be quicker than the concrete slab. 10 people died that day and an 11th person died two months later from injuries from the accident. One lucky passenger jumped out the window of the ferry as the concrete slab headed towards him into the water and was rescued by maintenance personnel at the ferry.
• On October 13, 2005, the American Bureau of Shipping presented the Department of Transportation with a "Voluntary Document of Compliance Certificate" for the DOT Staten Island Ferry Division and "Voluntary Safety Management Certificates" for all operational ferryboats. The presentation of these certificates culminates a year-long effort to develop and implement a safety management system and clearly demonstrates the commitment of the City of New York to this effort. The New York City Department of Transportation is now the first ferry operator in the United States to voluntarily comply with this internationally accepted safety regime.
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LD50 for ethanol is 0.40 BAC. Without the police intervention, she could well have woke up dead in the morning.
Sometimes I sarcastically wonder what it might be like if both the First and Second Amendments were simultaneously repealed. Virtually everyone would be pissed off, and no one would have rallying around heavily ancillary causes to support their right to amendments that are no longer there. Lobbyists to machine gun collectors would all be up shit creek.
At least there'd still be that most American of Amendments: the Fifth.
I was fascinated to discover that the Staten Island Ferry main Web page prominently features a long list of collisions, death, and disaster (under the heading "A Few Ferry Facts"), culminating in these two paragraphs: I'm guessing "voluntary compliance" also means "voluntary enforcement."
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What is "girl bleeding"?
@8: Cool story, bro.
Mr. Blagojevich's comparing himself to this Great Man is an offense to history.
Maybe Blagojevich made that comparison because Obama finds Churchill an offense to history.
Let's get a SLOG poll on this shiznix.
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