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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-17-020
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Synopsis: On September 7, 2015, about 1133 local time, a fire broke out in the engine room aboard cruise ship Carnival Liberty. At the time, the vessel was alongside the dock in the Port of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The master ordered the passengers aboard the vessel to evacuate to the dock. The crew used the ship’s water mist- and carbon dioxide (CO2) firefighting systems to extinguish the fire. No one was injured, nor was any environmental damage reported. Fire damage to the ship was estimated at $1.725 million.
Recommendation: TO THE CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION: Inform your members about the circumstances of this accident, including the need to plan for accounting for all persons aboard in the event of a mass evacuation of a ship while in port.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: St. Thomas, CB, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA15FM035
Accident Reports: Engine Room Fire Aboard Cruise Ship Carnival Liberty
Report #: MAB-17-21
Accident Date: 9/7/2015
Issue Date: 6/29/2017
Date Closed: 12/1/2017
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.
Date: 12/1/2017
Response: We note that you circulated marine accident brief 17/21 to your members, informing them about the circumstances of the September 7, 2015, engine room fire aboard the Carnival Liberty and addressing the need to account for all persons aboard in the event of a mass evacuation of a ship while in port. This action satisfies Safety Recommendation M-17-20, which is classified CLOSED—ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 7/26/2017
Response: -From Rob Griffiths, Vice President, Maritime Policy: On behalf of Cruise Lines International Association (CUA}, I have the pleasure to inform you that today we have addressed safety recommendation M-17-20 to marine accident brief 17 /21 with our membership. In this regard, we have informed our membership about the circumstances of the accident by circulating a copy of the marine accident brief containing the recommendation to plan for accounting for all persons aboard in the event of a mass evacuation of a ship while in port. Thank you for bringing this safety-related matter to our attention.

From: NTSB
To: Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.
Date: 6/29/2017
Response: On June 21, 2017, we adopted our marine accident brief concerning the September 7, 2015, engine room fire aboard cruise ship Carnival Liberty. Additional information about this accident and the resulting recommendations may be found in the report of the investigation, which can be accessed at our website, www.ntsb.gov, under report number NTSB/MAB-17/21. As a result of this investigation, we issued three new safety recommendations, including two recommendations to Carnival Corporation & PLC, and the following recommendation to the Cruise Lines International Association.