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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-74-037
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 1, 1972, THE TANKSHIP V.A. FOGG DEPARTED FREEPORT, TEXAS, EN ROUTE TO THE GULF OF MEXICO TO CLEAN CARGO TANKS THAT CARRIED BENZENE RESIDUE. THE VESSEL WAS DUE TO ARRIVE IN GALVESTON, TEXAS, ON FEBRUARY 2. AT APPROXIMATELY 1545 FEBRUARY 1, THE V.A. FOGG SUFFERED MULTIPLE EXPLOSIONS AND SANK. ALL 39 PERSONS ABOARD DIED AS A RESULT OF THIS CASUALTY.
Recommendation: CONDUCT PHYSICAL EXPERIMENTS TO DETERMINE IF THE TANK CLEANING PROCEDURES USED ON THE V.A. FOGG COULD HAVE CREATED AN INCENDIARY DISCHARGE AS A RESULT OF THE CHARGED MIST.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Gulf of Mexico, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80125
Accident Reports: ​SS V.A. FOGG, Gulf of Mexico, February 1, 1972. (issued jointly with USCG)
Report #: MAR-74-08
Accident Date: 2/1/1972
Issue Date: 9/13/1974
Date Closed: 2/2/1979
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 2/25/1976
Response: USCG LTR: TO CONDUCT SUCH PHYSICAL EXPERIMENTS WOULD ESSENTIALLY DUPLICATE STUDIES PREVIOUSLY CONDUCTED, IN PROGRESS, AND PLANNED. BASED ON CONTINUING STUDIES COORDINATED BY THE TANKER ACCIDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE WHICH WAS FORMED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE AMERICAN PETROLEUM INDUSTRY DIVISION OF TRANSPORTATION, IT IS NOW GENERALLY ACCEPTED THAT THE LOWERING OF UNGROUNDED EQUIPMENT INTO A CARGO TANK CONTAINING AN EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERE AND A CHARGED MIST CAN CAUSE AN INCENDIARY DISCHARGE RESULTING IN AN EXPLOSION.