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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-83-055
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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 COUNCIL OF AMERICAN-FLAG SHIP OPERATORS: 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Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
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: 6/5/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Council of American - Flag Ship Operators (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Council of American - Flag Ship Operators
Date: 6/5/1987
Response:

From: Council of American - Flag Ship Operators
To: NTSB
Date: 4/29/1987
Response: THE COAST GUARD REGULATIONS CURRENTLY REQUIRE THAT U.S. FLAGSHIP OWNERS PROVIDE EXSPOSURE SUITS FOR SHIPBOARD PERSONNEL OPERATING WATERS WHERE HYPOTHERMIA CAN GREATLY REDUCE AN INDIVIDUAL'S SURVIVAL TIME.

From: NTSB
To: Council of American - Flag Ship Operators
Date: 3/12/1987
Response: