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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-83-054
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 12, 1983, THE U.S. BULK CARRIER MARINE ELECTRIC CAPSIZED AND SANK DURING A STORM IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN ABOUT 30 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF CHINCOTEAGUE, VIRGINIA. THIRTY-FOUR PERSONS WERE ON BOARD. THREE PERSONS SURVIVED THE ACCIDENT AND THE BODIES OF 24 PERSONS WERE RECOVERED. THE REMAINING SEVEN PERSONS ARE MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD. THE MARINE ELECTRIC CURRENTLY IS RESTING ON THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN IN TWO PIECES IN ABOUT 120 FEET OF WATER; ITS ESTIMATED VALUE WAS $12 MILLION. A JOINT NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD/U.S. COAST GUARD INVESTIGATION OF THIS ACCIDENT IS STILL IN PROGRESS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF MERCHANT SHIPPING: RECOMMEND TO ITS MEMBERS THAT THEY PROVIDE AN EXPOSURE SUIT FOR EACH CREWMEMBER, ALL SCIENTIFIC PERSONNEL, AND ALL INDUSTRIAL PERSONS ON BOARD THEIR VESSELS WHICH OPERATE IN WATERS WHERE HYPOTHERMIA CAN GREATLY REDUCE AN INDIVIDUAL'S SURVIVAL TIME, SIMILAR TO THAT REQUIRED BY 46 CFR 94.41-5(C).
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Atlantic Ocean, AO, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA83AM031
Accident Reports: United States Bulk Carrier Marine Electric Capsizing and Sinking About 30 Nautical Miles East of Chincoteague, Virginia
Report #: MAR-84-01
Accident Date: 2/12/1983
Issue Date: 7/18/1983
Date Closed: 12/6/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Institute of Merchant Shipping (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Institute of Merchant Shipping
Date: 12/6/1983
Response:

From: American Institute of Merchant Shipping
To: NTSB
Date: 7/25/1983
Response: AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF MERCHANT SHIPPING LETTER: THE ENCLOSED RECOMMENDATION RECEIVED FROM THE NTSB IS FORWARDED FOR YOUR INFORMATION. ADDITIONALLY, I HAVE ENCLOSED COPY OF AIM'S LETTER OF JULY 12, 1983 TO SENATOR PACKWOOD DEALING WITH THE SAME SUBJECT WHICH I BELIEVE TO BE SELF EXPLANATORY.