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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-84-007
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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: PROVIDE WRITTEN GUIDANCE TO U.S. COAST GUARD INSPECTORS SPECIFYING THEIR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INSPECTION OF ITEMS, SUCH AS THE WEATHERTIGHTNESS OF HATCH COVERS, THAT HAVE BEEN DELEGATED TO THE AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING UNDER THE LOAD LINE REGULATIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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: 9/4/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 9/4/1987
Response: Thank you for your letter of April 13, 1987, updating the Coast Guard's position on virtually all of the safety recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board to the Coast Guard that have been held in an "open" status for a considerable period of time. The Safety Board shares your views concerning our mutual goals and responsibilities for improving marine transportation safety, and appreciates your candid assessment of our respective roles in achieving these goals. While we may at times disagree on the most effective measures to improve marine safety, the Safety Board agrees that maritime safety has indeed been enhanced as a result of our combined efforts. The Safety Board appreciates the significant amount of, time and effort the Coast Guard has expended in updating the "open" safety recommendations issued by the Board. We hope that after the majority.-of these outstanding recommendations have been "closed" we can work together to maintain the number of open recommendations at a reasonable level. As you know, there will always be a number of safety recommendations classified as "Open--Acceptable Action" because of ongoing measures being taken by the Coast Guard to satisfy the intent of the recommendations. The safety recommendations addressed in Enclosure (1) of the Coast Guard's April 13, 1987, letter fall into this category. These recommendations have previously been classified as "Open-- Acceptable Action" based on earlier Coast Guard submittals. When we have been advised by the Coast Guard that the intended action has been completed, the Safety Board will reevaluate the status of these recommendations. In an effort to close as many of the "open" recommendations that should be closed based on action taken by the Coast Guard, this letter will address the majority of the safety recommendations 1isted in enclosure (2) of the Coast Guard's April 13, 1987, letter. These recommendations were previously classified as "Open--Acceptable Action" or "Open--Acceptable Alternate Action" pending the completion of action to be taken by the Coast Guard to satisfy the intent of the recommendations. A total of 84 of these recommendations have now been classified as either "Closed--Acceptable Action" or "Closed--Acceptable Alternate Action" based on the updated information contained in the Coast Guard's Enclosure (2), and are classified and listed chronologically in the enclosure to this letter. The remainder of the safety recommendations in Enclosure (2) as well as all of the recommendations in Enclosure (3) to the Coast Guard's April 13, 1987, letter will require further review, and will be addressed in future correspondence. The Safety Board looks forward to continuing its cooperative working relationship with the Coast Guard.

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

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 10/26/1984
Response: The Safety Board is pleased that the Coast Guard concurs in this recommendation and is revising the Marine Safety Manual to reflect these requirements. Safety Recommendation M-84-7 has been classified as “Open-Acceptable Action,” and we ask that a copy of the revised portion of the Marine Safety Manual covering this subject be provided when the revision is completed.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 5/2/1984
Response: USCG LETTER: THE COAST GUARD CONCURS WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE REVISED VOLUME II OF THE MSM IS UNDERGOING FINAL REVIEW. THIS REVIEW IS AIMED AT PROVIDING ADDITIONAL WRITTEN GUIDANCE TO COAST GUARD INSPECTORS FOR THE INSPECTION OF ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN DELEGATED TO THE AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING UNDER THE LOAD LINE REGULATIONS. AS A PARTIAL RESULT OF THIS REVIEW, SECTIONS 6.F.1 AND 2 OF VOLUME II (PRESENTLY 30-6-25A AND B) HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO REITERATE THE NEED TO CONDUCT CLOSE INSPECTION OF HATCH COVERS AND OTHER CLOSURES DURING ROUTINE HULL OR TOPSIDE INSPECTIONS BY COAST GUARD MARINE INSPECTORS.