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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-74-041
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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: UTILIZE SYSTEMS SAFETY TECHNIQUES TO: ESTABLISH BASIC TANK CLEANING GUIDELINES IN THE FORM OF PROCEDURAL REGULATIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Reconsidered
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: 6/30/1981
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Reconsidered)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 6/30/1981
Response:

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 2/11/1981
Response: U.S. COAST GUARD LTR: THE COAST GUARD DOES NOT CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. WE BELIEVE THAT REGULATIONS IN THIS AREA WOULD ACT AS A DETERRENT WITH RESPECT TO INDUSTRY INITIATIVES RELATIVE TO ADVANCING THE PRESENT STATE-OF THE-ART. CRUDE OIL WASHING, A RELATIVELY NEW TANK CLEANING PROCEDURE, IS AN INNOVATIVE CONCEPT BORN FROM THE ECONOMIC NECESSITY OF MINIMIZING THE AMOUNT OF CARGO RESIDUE REMAINING WITHIN A TANK AFTER THE DISCHARGE PROCESS HAS TAKEN PLACE. INDUSTRY INTEREST AND RESOURCES WERE PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PRESENTLY ACCEPTED PROCEDURE. IT IS SUGGESTED, THEREFORE, THAT DEVELOPMENT OF TANK CLEANING GUIDELINES IS MORE THE PURVIEW OF API, ICS, AND IOTTSG WITH THE U.S. COAST GUARD ASSUMING, IN THIS INSTANCE, ITS TRADITIONAL ROLE OF EVALUATING THE OVERALL SAFETY ASPECTS OF WHATEVER TECHNIQUES THAT MAY BE DEVELOPED IN THIS AREA.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 2/25/1976
Response: USCG LTR: BASIC TANK CLEANING GUIDELINES IN THE FORM OF PROCEDURAL REGULATIONS ARE BEING DEVELOPED BY THE COAST GUARD USING THE RESULTS OF TANKER ACCIDENT STUDY COMMITTEE. INFORMATION CONCERNING TANK CLEANING DEVELOPED BY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IS BEING ANALYZED FOR INCORPORATION INTO THESE PROCEDURAL REGULATIONS. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE CHEMICAL TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE ARE ALSO BEING SOLICITED.