Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-90-088
Details
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: PUBLISH A STANDARD OUTLINE OF LIFTBOAT OPERATING MANUAL CONTENTS TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND TO INSURE THAT CRITICAL INFORMATION, AS PREPARED BY NAVAL ARCHITECTS AND LIFTBOAT OWNERS, IS ADEQUATELY ADDRESSED IN LANGUAGE READILY UNDERSTOOD BY LIFTBOAT MASTERS.
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-90-88 ASKED THE USCG PUBLISH A STANDARD OUTLINE OF LIFTBOAT OPERATING MANUAL CONTENTS TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE & TO ENSURE THAT CRITICAL INFO, AS PREPARED BY NAVAL ARCHITECTS & LIFTBOAT OWNERS, IS ADEQUATELY ADDRESSED IN LANGUAGE READILY UNDERSTOOD BY LIFTBOAT MASTERS. BECAUSE THE RECOMMENDED OUTLINE IS CONTAINED IN CFR 134.170(B), M-90-88 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 3/15/1996
Response: THE 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 Coast Guard intends to include this recommendation in the pending 46 CFR subchapter L and revised NVIC 8-81, Safety Recommendation M-90-88 has been classified “Open--Acceptable Response,” 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-90-88 urged the Coast Guard to publish a standard outline of liftboat operating manual contents to provide guidance and to ensure that critical information, as prepared by naval architects and liftboat owners, is adequately addressed in language readily understood by liftboat masters. The Safety Board notes that the Coast Guard intends to include detailed requirements for operating manuals for liftboats in the final rule for 46 CFR Subchapter L. We agree that the guidance in NVIC: 8-91 on information that must be provided in existing liftboat operating manuals is a satisfactory alternative to publishing a standard outline of liftboat operating manual contents. Similar guidance in the final rule for 46 CFR Subchapter L should satisfy the intent of this safety recommendation. Furthermore, we understand that a major portion of the Coast Guard's operating manual review will be to ensure that critical information is adequately addressed in language readily understood by liftboat masters. Therefore, Safety Recommendation M-90-88 has been classified as "Open-- Acceptable Alternate Response" pending publication of the final rule.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/8/1991
Response: I PARTIALLY CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE CG INTENDS TO INCLUDE MORE DETAILED REEQUIREMENTS FOR OPERATING MANUALS FOR LIFTBOATS IN THE FINAL RULE FOR 46 CFR SUPCHAPTER L. UNTIL THOSE REGULATIONS BECOME FINAL, NVIC 8-91 WILL PROVIDE SPECIFIC GUIDANCE ON INFORMATION THAT MUST BE PROVIDED IN A LIFTBOAT OPERATING MANUAL. THE CG BELIEVES THAT OWNERS SHOULD HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO ORGANIZE OPERATING MANUALS AS THEY SEE FIT. CONSEQUENTLY, IT IS OUR INTENTION NOT TO INCLUDE A STANDARD OUTLINE OF THE OPERATING MANUAL. A MAJOR PORTION OF THE CG'S OPERATING MANUAL REVIEW WILL BE TO ENSURE THAT CRITICAL INFORMATION IS ADEQUATELY ADDRESSED IN LANGUAGE READILY UNDERSTOOD BY LIFTBOAT MASTERS.

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)