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Safety Recommendation M-01-002
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Synopsis: THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ISSUES: ADEQUACY OF MANAGEMENT SAFETY OVERSIGHT, ADEQUACY OF FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS, ADEQUACY OF PASSENGER AND CREW SAFETY, AND ADEQUACY OF ENGINEERING SYSTEMS DESIGN. THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE DERIVED FROM THE SAFETY BOARD'S INVESTIGATION OF THE FIRE ON BOARD THE LIBERIAN PASSENGER SHIP ECSTASY NEAR MIAMI, FLORIDA, ON 7/20/98, AND ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE EVIDENCE WE FOUND AND THE ANALYSIS WE PERFORMED. AS A RESULT OF THIS INVESTIGATION, THE SAFETY BOARD HAS ISSUED TWELVE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS, SIX OF WHICH ASK CARNIVAL CORPORATION TO IMPLEMENT CHANGES FOR THE FLEETS OF ITS OPERATING COMPANIES, INCLUDING CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES, COSTA CROCIERE, S.P.A., CUNARD LINE, HOLLAND AMERICA LINE, SEABORNE CRUISE LINE, AND WINDSTAR CRUISES. INFORMATION SUPPORTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS IS DISCUSSED BELOW. THE SAFETY BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE A RESPONSE FROM YOU WITHIN 90 DAYS ADDRESSING THE ACTIONS YOU HAVE TAKEN OR INTEND TO TAKE TO IMPLEMENT OUR RECOMMENDATIONS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE CARNIVAL CORPORATION: FOR THE SHIPS IN YOUR FLEETS, REVISE THE SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TO INCLUDE PROCESSES FOR PREVENTING UNAUTHORIZED FLAME CUTTING, GRINDING, OR OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT MIGHT IGNITE A FIRE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Harbor, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA98MM035
Accident Reports:
Fire On Board Liberian Passenger Ship Ecstasy
Report #: MAR-01-01
Accident Date: 7/20/1998
Issue Date: 5/14/2001
Date Closed: 3/16/2005
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Carnival Corporation (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Safety Management Systems

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Carnival Corporation
Date: 3/16/2005
Response: Your letter states that Safety Management System procedures are in place throughout the companies within the Carnival Corporation group detailing the work permit requirements for activities that might ignite a fire. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-01-2 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: Carnival Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 12/22/2004
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 12/28/2004 3:26:30 PM MC# 2040732

From: Carnival Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 10/20/2004
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 10/25/2004 2:54:53 PM MC# 2040636 Safety Management System procedures are in place throughout the companies within the group detailing the work permit requirements for activities that might ignite a fire.

From: NTSB
To: Carnival Corporation
Date: 4/23/2004
Response: Thank you for your letter of December 18, 2003, inviting my staff and me to meet with Mr. Charles Arkinstall, of Carnival’s new corporate maritime affairs department, to discuss the implementation of the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations on a corporatewide basis, and to review the comments in the Safety Board’s letters of December 3, 2003, relating to the installation of audible smoke alarms in crew and passenger accommodation areas. I look forward to meeting with you and your staff and to having productive discussions on our safety recommendations. My staff will contact your office soon to arrange a meeting.

From: Carnival Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 12/18/2003
Response: Thank you for your letter of December 3, 2003 regarding the implementation of Safety Board’s recommendations M-01-02, M-01-03, M-01-7 thru 01-10, made as a result of the Safety Board’s investigation of the fire on Carnival Cruise Line passenger ship M/V Ecstasy, on July 20,1998. Further, we acknowledge and thank you for recognition of Holland America’s efforts to improve the safety equipment carried aboard their vessels, in direct response to the Board’s recommendations. I would like to take this occasion to affirm to you, and the Safety Board, that Carnival Corporation treats the safety and security of its passengers, along with the promotion of a safe operating environment for its crew, with the utmost and paramount attention. Therefore, in consideration of the Safety Board’s recommendations M-01-2, M-01-3, and M, -01-7 thru M-01-10, I do wish to confirm that Carnival Corporation did ensure that all of these recommendations were addressed by our subsidiary cruise line brands. However, pursuant to our historical corporate philosophy, we deferred to the individual operating lines on the actual methodology and reporting of the implementation of the Board’s recommendations. I have nonetheless asked Carnival Corporation’s Maritime Services Group to review the status of implementation of the recommendations and confirm such. With the continued growth of Carnival Corporation and its operating subsidiaries, I a m very pleased to inform you that we have recently created a corporate maritime affairs department within Carnival Corporation that is responsible for the establishment and promotion of fleetwide safety, health and security policies throughout Carnival Corporation and its 13 global cruise brands. Mr. Charles Arkinstall, a twenty-one year veteran of P&O Princess Cruises and a naval architect with 40 years of shipping and shipbuilding experience, has been named as senior vice president of the new maritime affairs department as of November 11, 2003. Mr. Arkinstall reports directly to Carnival Corporation Vice Chair Howard Frank. I welcome the opportunity to have you and your staff meet with Mr. Arkinstall and his staff, in our Florida offices, in order to allow him to present our new program to you, discuss the implementation of the Safety Board’s recommendations on a corporatewide basis and specifically review the comments contained in your December 3rd letters including those relating to installation of audible smoke alarms in corridors. We look forward to hosting you, your fellow members of the Safety Board, and any of your staff, at your earliest convenience. Please feel free to have your staff contact us to arrange this meeting.