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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-74-042
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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: REQUIRE THAT EACH TANKSHIP AND SHORESIDE TANKSHIP CLEANING FACILITY HAVE AVAILABLE FOR EXAMINATION BY THE COAST GUARD WRITTEN DETAILED PROCEDURES FOR THE SPECIFIC TANK CLEANING OPERATIONS. INCLUDED IN SUCH PROCEDURES SHOULD BE THE REQUIREMENT FOR HOLDING SHIPBOARD SAFETY MEETINGS TO ENSURE THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS INVOLVED IN TANK CLEANING OPERATIONS ARE INFORMED AS TO THE CORRECT AND SAFE METHOD OF DETAILED OPERATIONS TO BE CONDUCTED.
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: 12/23/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 12/23/1993
Response: USCG ACTION ON THE FIRST PORTION OF THIS RECOMMENDATION WAS FOUND ACCEPTABLE IN THE BOARD'S LETTER OF JUNE 30, 1981. THE SECOND PORTION OF THE RECOMMENDATION WAS MET WHEN THE UNITED STATES BECAME A SIGNATORY TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION AND WATCHKEEPING FOR SEAFARERS, 1978, WHICH BECAME EFFECTIVE ON OCTOBER 1, 1992. THEREFORE, RECOMMENDATION M-74-42 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 8/20/1993
Response:

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 4/13/1987
Response:

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 CONCURS WITH THE RECOMMENDATION TO HOLD SAFETY MEETINGS REGARDING TANK CLEANING OF TANK VESSELS (SEE OUR DISCUSSION REGARDING M-74-20). THE COAST GUARD ALSO BELIEVES THAT WRITTEN PROCEDURES ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE IN INDUSTRY MANUALS AND THAT ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT WARRANTED (SEE OUR DISCUSSION REGARDING M-74-41).

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 2/25/1976
Response: USCG LTR: INCLUDED IN THE PROCEDURAL REGULATIONS BEING DE VELOPED BY THE COAST GUARD WITH REGARD TO TANK CLEANING GUIDELINES WILL BE A REQUIREMENT FOR HOLDING SHIPBOARD SAFETY MEETINGS TO ENSURE THAT PARTICIPANTS INVOLVED IN TANK CLEANING OPERATIONS ARE INFORMED AS TO THE CORRECT AND SAFE METHOD OF DETAILED OPERATIONS TO BE CONDUCTED.