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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-02-013
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Synopsis: On the evening of November 17, 2000, the U.S. small passenger vessel Port Imperial Manhattan, with three crewmembers and eight passengers on board, was en route to Weehawken, New Jersey, from the borough of Manhattan in New York City, New York, when a fire broke out in the engine room. Crewmembers attempted to extinguish the fire with portable extinguishers, with no success. The fire burned out of control, causing the vessel to lose power and forcing the crew and passengers to abandon the interior spaces. The crew and passengers were rescued by another NY Waterway passenger vessel, and the burning vessel was towed to Manhattan, where the New York City Fire Department extinguished the fire. One passenger was treated for smoke inhalation. No deaths resulted from this accident. The estimated cost to repair the vessel was $1.2 million.
Recommendation: TO THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD: Issue a directive to small passenger vessel operators to review the distribution of lifejackets on board their vessels and to ensure that the lifejackets are accessible and segregated.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: River, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA01MM008
Accident Reports:
Fire on Board the Small Passenger Vessel Port Imperial Manhattan
Report #: MAR-02-02
Accident Date: 11/17/2000
Issue Date: 7/3/2002
Date Closed: 3/9/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 4/7/2005
Response: Although this recommendation was not addressed in Admiral Gilmour's letter, the Safety Board reviewed a copy of the Coast Guard's safety alert, issued December 12, 2003, reminding small passenger vessel operators of the requirements concerning lifejackets and suggesting that they review the stowage arrangements on their vessels to ensure compliance with the regulations. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-02-13 was classified "Closed--Acceptable Action," on March 9, 2004, in the Panther report.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 3/9/2004
Response: Although not addressed in Admiral Gilmour’s November 24, 2003 letter, the Safety Board has reviewed a copy of the Coast Guard’s safety alert, issued December 12, 2003, reminding small passenger vessel operators of the requirements and suggesting that they review the stowage arrangements on their vessels to ensure compliance with the regulations. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-02-13 was classified "Closed--Acceptable Action," on March 9, 2004, in the Panther report.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 1/15/2003
Response: The Safety Board is aware that the small passenger vessel regulations at 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 117.78 and 180.78 require that lifejackets be stowed in convenient places distributed throughout the accommodation spaces, that child-sized life jackets be stowed in locations that are appropriately marked, and that child-sized life jackets be stowed separately from adult size life jackets. The Safety Board notes that the Coast Guard will issue a safety alert reminding small passenger vessel operators of the requirements and will suggest that they review the stowage arrangements on their vessels to ensure compliance with the regulations. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-02-13 is classified "Open--Acceptable Response," pending issuance of the safety alert. The Safety Board understands that the Coast Guard is continuing its review of Safety Recommendations M-02-5 through -12 and -14, issued as a result of the investigation of this accident, and that the Coast Guard expects to provide responses to these recommendations within a few weeks. Please advise the Safety Board when the safety alert responsive to Safety Recommendation M-02-13 has been issued.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 11/19/2002
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/21/2002 12:52:53 PM MC# 2020970 We concur with the intent of this recommendation. The small passenger vessel regulations at 46 CFR 117.78 and 46 CFR 180.78 require that lifejackets be stowed in convenient places distributed throughout the accommodation spaces and that child-sized life jackets be stowed in locations that are appropriately marked and separated from adult size life jackets. The Coast Guard will issue a Safety Alert reminding small passenger vessel operators of the requirements and suggest that they review the stowage arrangements on their vessels to ensure compliance with the regulations. We are continuing our review of the remaining recommendations issued as a result of the investigation of this casualty. We will provide responses to these recommendations within a few weeks.