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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-84-009
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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 AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING: 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 - 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: 8/1/1984
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Bureau of Shipping (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Bureau of Shipping
Date: 8/1/1984
Response:

From: American Bureau of Shipping
To: NTSB
Date: 2/14/1984
Response: ABA LETTER: THE AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING FEELS THE REQUIREMENT FOR GAUGINGS PRESENTLY CONTAINED IN OUR RULES AS SUFFICIENT AND WE THEREFORE PROPOSE TO PREPARE INSTRUCTIONS TO SURVEYORS IN A FORM OF A CIRCULAR RECOMMENDING THAT STRUCTURAL GAUGINGS BE CONSIDERED AT THE DRYDOCKING INTERVALS, WHICH IS EVERY 30 MONTHS IN THE PRESENT ABS RULES, AFTER A VESSEL REACHES 20 YEARS OF AGE. ATTACHED IS A COPY OF THE CIRCULAR AS REVISED (NO. 227, INDEX 6.2.1, REV. 14 FEBRUARY 1984). IN DISCUSSION WE SHOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT IN REALITY GAUGINGS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED CONFIRMATION OF THE CONDITION OF THE VESSEL AND WE CONSIDER IT ESSENTIAL, AND SO REFLECT IN OUR INSTRUCTIONS TO SURVEYORS THAT GAUGINGS BE TAKEN IN AREAS CONSIDERED SUSPECT AND AS DESIRED BY THE SURVEYOR TO CONFIRM THE VESSEL'S CONDITION AS SIGHTED BY HIM. IN OUR EXPERIENCE WE HAVE NOTED THAT GAUGINGS WILL NOT NECESSARILY PICK UP AN AREA OF SEVERE DETERIORATION IF IT IS LOCAL IN NATURE. WE HAVE OBSERVED SOME CASES, WHERE AFTER A VESSEL PASSED A GAUGING EXAMINATION SUCCESSFULLY, CRACKING AND LEAKING DEVELOPED IN EITHER LOCALITIES DUE TO EXTREME LOCAL WASTAGE. IN EACH CASE THE SURVEYOR WAS ABLE TO CONFIRM THAT THE ORIGINAL GAUGING RESULTS WERE INDICATIVE OF GENERAL PLATING AND STRUCTURE CONDITION. THE AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING WOULD LIKE TO BE ON RECORD AS NOTING THAT GAUGINGS, PER SE, SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED THE SOLUTION TO THE ENTIRE PROBLEM OF LOCALIZED WASTAGE. WE SHOULD ALSO LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT IN THE CASE OF RECONSTRUCTED OR JUMBOIZED VESSELS, THAT THERE EXISTS IN THE VESSEL NEWER SECTIONS THAT MUST BE LESS THAN 20 YEARS OF AGE. THESE, OF COURSE, WHEN BEING EXAMINED WOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO AS EXTENSIVE GAUGINGS. THIS IS REFLECTED IN THE CIRCULAR NO. 233, INDEX 6.2.1, REV. 8 APRIL 1983. RESPONSE DATED JUNE 15, 1984 FORWARDED ABS CIRCULAR NO.233, INDEX 6.2.1, REVISED MAY 22, 1984