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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-84-011
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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 ITS SURVEYORS TO EXAMINE HATCH COVERS FOR WASTAGE DURING ALL ANNUAL LOAD LINE 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: THE AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING HAS ISSUED CIRCULAR NO. 384, INDEX 6.2.1, DATED 1 FEBRUARY 1984 COVERING ANNUAL SURVEYS OF HATCH COVERS IN ORDER TO REQUIRE THE EXAMINATION OF THE TOPS AND BOTTOMS OF HATCH COVERS VISUALLY FOR WASTAGE AT ALL ANNUAL SURVEYS. WE WILL ALSO REQUEST THE SURVEYORS TO INDIVIDUALLY REPORT ON THIS SITUATION IN ANNUAL REPORTS. WITH REFERENCE TO FOREGOING RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING STRUCTURAL GAUGINGS AND HATCH COVER GAUGINGS IT ALSO IS INDICATED THAT IF WASTAGE IS EVIDENCED AT ANNUAL SURVEY A CONFIRMATION OF SUCH WASTAGE SHOULD BE MADE BY GAUGING.