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Safety Recommendation M-90-087
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Synopsis: ON JUNE 29, 1989, THE U.S. SELF-ELEVATING UNINSPECTED LIFT BOAT M/V TITAN FINISHED ITS WORK AT CORPUS CHRISITI OIL AND GAS BLOCK 427 WHERE IT HAD BEEN ELEVATED IN ABOUT 95 FEET OF WATER. THE TITAN HAD A CREW OF FOUR, PLUS FIVE LAREDO CONSTRUCTION, INC., EMPLOYEES ABOARD. ABOUT 1330 THE MASTER LOWERED THE LIFTBOAT AND HEADED IT TOWARD FREPORT, TEXAS. WHILE THE 160-FOOT LEGS WERE BEING RAISED, THE TITAN BEGAN LISTING TO STARBOARD. THE MASTER BELIEVED THE LIST WAS CAUSED BY MUD ON THE STARBOARD LEG PAD. HOWEVER, THE MASTER FOUND ON INSPECTION THAT THE STARBOARD LEG WAS FLOODED AND GUSHING WATER ON DECK THROUGH A FRACTURE OR FRACTURES IN THE LEG. THE MASTER DIRECTED THE LEGS TO BE LOWERED TO IMPROVE THE STABILITY OF THE VESSEL. WHILE THE LEGS WERE BEING LOWERED THE TITAN CAPSIZED ABOUT 1345.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE U.S. COAST GUARD: EXPEDITE THE PUBLICATION OF FINAL RULES WHICH INCLUDE INSPECTION AND STRUCTURAL STANDARDS FOR NEW AND EXISTING LIFTBOATS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Gulf of Mexico, GM, United States
Is Reiterated: Yes
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA89MM052
Accident Reports:
Capsizing and Sinking of the U.S. Self-Elevating Liftboat M/V Titan
Report #: MAR-90-07
Accident Date: 6/29/1989
Issue Date: 1/14/1991
Date Closed: 11/6/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 11/6/1996
Response: M-90-87 ASKED THAT THE USCG EXPEDITE THE PUBLICATION OF FINAL RULES WHICH INCLUDE INSPECTION & STRUCTURAL STANDARDS FOR NEW & EXISTING LIFTBOATS. BECAUSE THE USCG PUBLISHED REGULATIONS FOR THE INSPECTION & CERTIFICATION OF LIFTBOATS AS REQUESTED, M-90-87 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 3/15/1996
Response: vTHE USCG'S INTERIM FINAL RULES FOR OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSELS/LIFTBOATS (46 CFR 90, ET AL.) (CGD82-004 & CGD86-074 PUBLISHED IN FR THURSDAY 11/16/95) BECAME EFFECTIVE THIS DATE.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 11/28/1994
Response: BECAUSE THE USCG INTENDS TO INCLUDE THIS RECOMMENDATION IN THE PENDING 46 CFR SUBCHAPTER L & REVISED NIVIC 8-81, M-90-87 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONE," PENDING PUBLICATION OF THE FINAL RULES.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 3/23/1994
Response: THE USCG ANTICIPATES THE RELEASE OF A REVISION TO NAVIGATION & VESSEL INSPECTION CIRCULAR 8-91 IN EARLY 1994, WHICH PERTAINS TO THE ISSUES RAISED IN THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. IN ADDITION, THE FINAL RULE OR SUBCHAPTER L, [CGD 82-004 & CGD 86-074] WHICH WILL ALSO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES, IS ANTICIPATED TO BE PUBLISHED BY MID 1994.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/18/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation M-90-87 asked the Coast Guard to expedite the publication of final rules that include inspection and structural standards for new and existing liftboats. The Safety Board understands that the final rule will include inspection and structural standards for liftboats contracted for after the final regulations are in effect. Further, we note that existing liftboats are governed by 46 CFR Subchapter I or T and that NVIC 8-91 addresses structural standards as well as initial and subsequent inspection for certification of existing liftboats. Pending publication of the final rule, we will hold this safety recommendation in an "Open--Acceptable Response" status.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/8/1991
Response: I AGREE WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. HOWEVER, P.L. 96-378 MANDATES THAT REGULATIONS DEVELOPED FOR OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSELS (OSV'S) MUST CONSIDER THE UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS OF THESE VESSELS, THEIR METHODS OF OPERATION, AND THE TYPES OF SERVICE IN WHICH THEY ENGAGE. AS A CONSEQUENCE, THE FINAL RULE WILL ONLY APPLY TO EXISTING VESSELS BY THE OWNER'S CHOICE. THESE "GRANDFATHER" PROVISIONS ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE INTENT OF P.L. 96-378. EXISTING VESSELS ARE GOVERNED BY 46 CFR SUBCHAPTER I OR T, AND NVIC 8-91 ADDRESSES INITIAL AND SUBSEQUENT INSPECTION FOR CERTIFICATION OF EXISTING OSV'S AND LIFTBOATS. NVIC 8-91 CONTAINS GUIDANCE FOR INSPECTION AND PLAN REVIEW OF THESE VESSELS.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 4/16/1991
Response: From the accident report of the capsizing and sinking of the U.S. liftboat M/V Avco V in the Gulf of Mexico on July 31, 1989. The Board adopted this report on 4/16/1991. Also, the Safety Board reiterates the following safety recommendations issued to the Coast Guard as a result of its investigation of the capsizing and sinking of the liftboat TITAN on June 29, 1989. (M-90-87, M-90-88, M-90-89, M-90-91, M-90-92, M-90-93, M-90-95, M-90-97, M-90-98)