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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-84-006
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 12, 1983, THE 605-FOOT 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 ABOARD. THREE PERSONS SURVIVED THE ACCIDENT, AND THE BODIES OF 24 PERSONS WERE RECOVERED. THE OTHER SEVEN PERSONS ARE MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD. THE MARINE ELECTRIC CURRENTLY IS RESTING IN THREE PIECES ON THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN IN ABOUT 120 FEET OF WATER; ITS ESTIMATED VALUE, INCLUDING THE CARGO, WAS $12 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE U.S. COAST GUARD: REQUIRE THAT STRUCTURAL GAUGINGS OF VESSELS BE CONDUCTED AT 2-YEAR INTERVALS AFTER A VESSEL REACHES 20 YEARS OF AGE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable 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: 1/24/1984
Date Closed: 8/1/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 8/1/1988
Response: In its May 2, 1984, response to this recommendation, the Coast Guard advised the Safety Board that a regulatory project had been initiated to consider changing the time interval between drydock examinations on certain vessels, and a proposal to require structural gauging at specified intervals on older vessels would be included in the regulatory project. The Safety Board, in its October 26, 1984, response classified this recommendation as "Open--Acceptable Action" pending the completion of this regulatory project, and asked to be advised of the progress of this effort. The Board is disappointed that the Coast Guard has changed its position on this issue; consequently Safety Recommendation M-84-6 has been classified as "Closed-- Unacceptable Action."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 4/13/1987
Response: THE CG DOES NOT CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. WE DO NOT AGREE THAT GAUGINGS NEED TO BE ROUTINELY REQUIRED AT TWO YEAR INTERVALS AFTER A VESSEL REACHES 20 YEARS OF AGE. WHAT HAS BEEN DONE IS TO EMPHASIZE THE NEED FOR VERY CAREFUL INSPECTIONS AS VESSELS GET OLDER, STRESS THE FACT THAT GAUGINGS MAY BE REQUIRED ANY TIME AN AREA IS SUSPECT, AND MAKE IT CLEAR THAT PREVIOUS GAUGINGS BE ROUTINELY REVIEWED AND SUSPECT AREAS MONITORED. THE CG BELIEVES THAT JUDICIOUS USE OF GAUGINGS ALONG WITH GAUGINGS ROUTINELY REQUIRED BY THE CLASSIFICATION RULES IS SATISFACTORY. THEREFORE NO FURTHER ACTION ON THIS RECOMMENDATION IS ANTICIPATED.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 10/26/1984
Response: The Coast Guard’s initiation of a regulatory project to consider requiring structural gaugings of vessels over 20 years old at “specified intervals” is an appropriate step to fulfill the intent of this recommendation. We reiterate that a a-year interval should be imposed, allowing some leeway for dry-docking schedules or any unusual circumstances which would require an adjustment of the interval. Safety Recommendation M-84-6 has been classified as “Open--Acceptable Action” pending the outcome of the Coast Guard’s regulatory project on this subject. We would appreciate being advised of the progress of this effort.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 5/2/1984
Response: USCG LETTER: THE COAST GUARD CONCURS WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE COAST GUARD RECOGNIZES THAT OLDER VESSELS, PARTICULARLY THOSE OVER 20 YEARS OF AGE, REQUIRE CLOSE SCRUTINY REGARDING EQUIPMENT AND HULL INSPECTIONS. A REGULATORY PROJECT HAS BEEN INITIATED TO CONSIDER CHANGING THE TIME INTERVAL BETWEEN DRYDOCK EXAMINATIONS ON CERTAIN VESSELS. A PROPOSAL TO REQUIRE STRUCTURAL GAUGING AT SPECIFIED INTERVALS ON OLDER VESSELS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE REGULATORY PROJECT. IN ADDITION, THE MSM IS UNDER REVISION TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF REVIEWING GAUGING REPORTS BY MARINE INSPECTORS INCLUDING THOSE REPORTS REQUIRED UNDER ABS RULES. INCLUDED IN THE MSM CHANGE WILL BE A SUMMARY OF GAUGINGS REQUIRED UNDER EXISTING ABS RULES.