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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-84-008
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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 UNITED STATES COAST GUARD: EVALUATE THE DESIGN OF THE BILGE PUMPING SYSTEMS IN THE CARGO HOLDS OF U.S. FLAG BULK CARRIERS IN THE COAL TRADE SIMILAR TO THE MARINE ELECTRIC TO DETERMINE IF THE SYSTEMS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE CARGO AND REQUIRE MODIFICATIONS IF NECESSARY TO THOSE VESSELS WHICH DO NOT COMPLY WITH U.S. COAST GUARD REGULATIONS (46 CFR 56.50-50) THAT THEY MAY BE OPERABLE UNDER "ALL PRACTICABLE CONDITIONS."
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: 12/23/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 12/23/1993
Response: AS STATED IN THE EVALUATION OF RECOMMENDATION M-78-22, THE BOARD IS DISAPPOINTED THAT AFTER MORE THAN 9 YEARS, THE USCG STILL HAS NOT COMPLETED WORK ON THIS RECOMMENDATION. IN OCTOBER 1984, THE USCG INFORMED THE BOARD THAT IT PLANNED TO STUDY THE BILGE SYSTEMS ON U.S. FLAG BULK CARRIERS SIMILAR TO THE MARINE ELECTRIC. THE STUDY SHOULD HAVE CONCLUDED LONG AGO. THEREFORE, BECAUSE OF THE AGE OF THIS RECOMMENDATION M-84-8 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 8/20/1993
Response: SEE BOARD REPLY BELOW

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

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 10/26/1984
Response: Safety Recommendation M-83-8 will be placed in a status of “Open-Acceptable ActiorQ’ based on the Coast Guard’s intent to evaluate bilge pumping systems on all U.S. bulk carriers, rather than just colliers. The Safety Board is pleased to learn that the Coast Guard so intends to survey bilge system designs of foreign flag vessels as well, in an effort to aid in the development of practical bilge pumping systems requirements. We would appreciate being advised of the results of both of these projects when completed.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 5/2/1984
Response: USCG LETTER: THE COAST GUARD CONCURS WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. EVALUATION OF ALL BULK CARRIERS RATHER THAN JUST COLLIERS WILL BE MADE. MOREOVER, THE COAST GUARD INTENDS TO CONDUCT A SURVEY OF BILGE SYSTEM DESIGNS OF FOREIGN FLAG VESSELS AS A FIRST STEP TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRACTICAL SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS WITH DUE REGARD TO CARGO COMPATIBILITY.