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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-90-090
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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 AN ADEQUATE NUMBER OF LIFE PRESERVERS ON LIFTBOATS BE STOWED NEAR EXTERIOR EXITS OR THE DESIGNATED EMERGENCY MUSTER STATION (S) FOR READY ACCESSIBILITY IN AN EMERGENCY BY CREWMEMBERS AND OTHERS ON BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THE LIFE PRESERVERS STOWED IN THE LIVING QUARTERS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Gulf of Mexico, GM, United States
Is Reiterated: No
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: 11/28/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 11/28/1994
Response: THE BOARD IS DISAPPOINTED THAT THE USCG HAS CHANGED IT POSITION ON THIS ISSUE AS PREVIOUSLY AGREED IN A JOINT USCG-SAFETY BOARD STAFF MEETING ON 3/5/92. THE PROPOSED REQUIREMENTS UNDER SECTION 199.72 OF THE NPRM FOR THE STOWAGE OF LIFEJACKETS WOULD APPLY TO LIFEBOATS, WHICH ARE VESSELS IN COASTWISE SERVICE (UP TO 20 MILES FROM SHORE). THESE VESSELS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE ALLOWED TO STOW ALL REQUIRE LIFEJACKETS IN CABINS, STATEROOMS, OR BERTHING AREAS THAT ARE "READILY ACCESSIBLE TO THE WATCH OR WORK STATION." THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT "READILY ACCESSIBLE" IS A POOR WAY TO SPECIFY WHERE LIFEJACKETS SHOULD BE STOWED. IT IS AN AMBIGUOUS PHASE & ALLOWS LIFEJACKETS TO BE STOWED INSIDE COMPARTMENTS, WHICH MAKES IT EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS FOR PERSON WHO ATTEMPT TO RETRIEVE THEIR LIFEJACKETS ( PROVIDED THAT ENTRANCE INTO THE COMPARTMENT IS NOT RENDERED INACCESSIBLE) DURING A FIRE OR FLOODING SITUATION. IF THE COAST GUARD MADE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS TO CONSIDER STOWAGE OF LIFE PRESERVERS NEAR EXITS, THE BOARD COULD HAVE CLASSIFIED THIS RECOMMENDATION "ACCEPTABLE ACTION." HOWEVER, BECAUSE THE USCG APPEARS TO BE FIRM IN ITS POSITION ON THIS ISSUED, M-90-90 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 3/23/1994
Response:

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/18/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation M-90-90 asked the Coast Guard to require that an adequate number of life preservers on liftboats be stowed near exterior exits or the designated emergency muster station(s) for ready accessibility in an emergency by crewmembers and others on board, in addition to the life preservers stowed in the living quarters. From the March 5 discussions, we understand that 46 CFR 199.72 will require life jackets to be stowed at all crew "work stations" in addition to those stowed in the staterooms, regardless of the vessel's route. Therefore, Safety Recommendation M-90-90 has been classified as "Open--Acceptable Response" pending publication of the final rule.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/8/1991
Response: I CONCUR WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. STOWAGE OF LIFE JACKETS WAS ADDRESSED IN THE CG'S NPRM ON LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT FOR INSPECTED VESSELS PUBLISHED ON APRIL 21, 1989. SECTION 199.72 OF THE PROPOSED RULE WOULD REQUIRE A LIFE JACKET FOR EACH PERSON PERMITTED ON BOARD, AND IN ADDITION, SUFFICIENT LIFE JACKETS IN THE ENGINEROOM, PILOTHOUSE, BOW LOOKOUT, AND EACH REMOTELY LOCATED WORK STATION AND INDUSTRIAL WORK SITE FOR THE NUMBER OF PERSONS NORMALLY ON WATCH IN, OR ASSIGNED TO, THE STATION AT ONE TIME. WHERE NECESSARY, THE OCMI COULD REQUIRE AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF LIFE JACKETS TO BE CARRIED, OR SUITABLE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS.