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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-90-091
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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 OPERATING OFFSHORE BE EQUIPPED WITH AN APPROVED FLOAT-FREE, AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY POSITION INDICATING RADIO BEACON.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
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: 5/18/1992
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/18/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation M-90-91 asked the Coast Guard to require that all liftboats operating offshore be equipped with an approved float-free, automatic emergency position indicating radiobeacon (EPIRB). Because liftboats are now required to be inspected and must have an approved Class A float-free EPIRB on board if operating more than 20 miles from a harbor of safe refuge, this safety recommendation has been classified as "Closed--No Longer Applicable." In addition, we note that the Coast Guard published a proposed regulation on April 21, 1989, that would require satellite EPIRBs on liftboats operating on the high seas or more than 3 miles from shore on the Great Lakes.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/8/1991
Response: I CONCUR. LIFTBOATS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED AND MUST HAVE AN APPROVED CLASS "A" EMERGENCY POSITION INDICATING RADIOBEACON (EPRIB) IF OPERATING MORE THAN 20 MILES FROM A HARBOR OF SAFE REFUGE (SEE 46 CFR 94.60 AND 180.40). IN ADDITION, THE CG PUBLISHED A PROPOSED REGULATION ON 4/21/89, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE SATELLITE EPRIBS ON LIFTBOATS OPERATING ON THE HIGH SEAS OR MORE THAN 3 MILES FROM SHORE ON THE GREAT LAKES.

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)