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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-84-010
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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 STEEL WEATHERDECK HATCH COVERS BE GAUGED AT ALL SPECIAL SURVEYS.
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: ABS LETTER: THE AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING BY A REVISION OF OUR CIRCULAR NO. 132, INDEX 6.2.1, REVISED 7 SEPTEMBER 1983, A COPY OF WHICH IS ATTACHED FOR YOUR REFERENCE, INDICATES THE ALLOWABLE THICKNESSES FOR WASTAGE AT WHICH HATCH COVERS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED FOR EXTENSIVE RENEWALS OR REPLACEMENT OF SECTIONS. IN VIEW OF THE RECOMMENDATION TO BE DISCUSSED SUBSEQUENTLY, WE ARE REQUESTING THAT SURVEYORS CARRY OUT GAUGINGS OF HATCH COVERS AT SPECIAL SURVEY WHENEVER THERE IS AN INDICATION UPON EXAMINATION OF SERIOUS GENERAL WASTAGE. THIS CIRCULAR EMPHASIZES THAT LOCAL HOLING AND WASTAGE MUST BE SATISFACTORILY DEALT WITH AS FOUND. IN ALL CASES IN DEALING WITH LOCAL WASTAGE, SURVEYORS ARE CAUTIONED TO REQUIRE CUTTING BACK TO SOUND METAL WHEN INSTALLING INSERT PLATES AND TO BE CERTAIN THAT DOUBLER PLATES, WHEN USED, ARE OF ADEQUATE SIZE AND ATTACHED TO SOUND METAL.