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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-90-089
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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: REQUIRE THAT LIFTBOATS BE FITTED WITH ADEQUATE CARGO AND EQUIPMENT SECURING DEVICES ON THE MAIN DECK SO THAT TACKWELDING OF EQUIPMENT IS NOT NEEDED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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: 4/16/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 4/16/1996
Response: BECAUSE THE RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENT IS CONTAINED IN THE REVISED RULES FOR OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSELS, AT 46 CFR 134.1709B)(7), EFFECTIVE 3/15/96, M-90-89 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED 'CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 12/22/1995
Response:

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 11/28/1994
Response: REMINDER TO USCG OF PENDING ACTION.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/18/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation M-90-89 urged the Coast Guard to require that liftboats be fitted with adequate cargo and equipment securing devices on the main deck so that tackwelding of equipment is not needed. The Safety Board notes that the Coast Guard concurs and will address this issue in the final rule for 46 CFR Subchapter L. Therefore, this safety recommendation has been classified as "Open--Acceptable Response" pending publication of the final rule.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/8/1991
Response: I CONCUR. THE COAST GUARD INTENDS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE IN THE FINAL RULE FOR 46 CFR SUBCHAPTER L.

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)