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Safety Recommendation M-90-093
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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 EXTERIOR DOORS BE INSTALLED ON ALL ACCOMMODATION DECK LEVELS OF LIFTBOATS FOR THE RAPID EXIT OF PERSONS IN AN EMERGENCY.
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-90-93 ASKED THAT THE USCG REQUIRE THAT AN ADEQUATE NUMBER OF EXTERIOR DOORS BE INSTALLED ON ALL ACCOMMODATION DECK LEVELS OF LIFTBOATS FOR THE RAPID EXIT OF PERSONS IN AN EMERGENCY. BECAUSE THE NEW REGULATIONS IN 46 CFR 127.240, PARTICULARLY SECTION 127.240(B)(2), REQUIRE THAT AT LEAST ONE OF THE TWO MEANS OF ESCAPE LEAD AS DIRECTLY TO THE OPEN DECK AS PRACTICABLE, M-90-93 HAS BEEN CLASSIFED "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 USCG INTENDS TO INCLUDE THIS RECOMMENDATION IN THE PENDING 46 CFR SUBCHAPTER L & REVISED NVIC 8-81, M-90-93 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 3/23/1994
Response: THE UCCG BELIEVES THAT THERE SHOULD BE ADEQUATE MEANS OF ESCAPE FROM ALL NORMALLY MANNED SPACES & BERTHING SPACES. WE INTEND TO INCLUDE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEANS FO ESCAPE IN THE FINAL RULE FOR 46 CFR SUBCHAPTER L, OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSELS [CGD 82-004 & 86-074]. PUBLICATION OF THE FINAL RULE IS ANTICIPATED BY MID 1994.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/18/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation M-90-93 urged the Coast Guard to require that an adequate number of exterior doors be installed on all accommodation deck levels of liftboats for the rapid exit of persons in an emergency. From the March 5 meeting, we understand that Subsection 127.240(b)(2) will be revised to require that at least one of two means of escape must lead as directly as practicable to the open deck. The second means of escape must also lead to an open deck, but may lead through another compartment on the same or upper deck level. All means of escape will be designed to lead personnel out of and not deeper into the vessel, where they may become trapped. Because of the Coast Guard's planned revision, Safety Recommendation M-90-93 will be classified as "Open--Acceptable Response" pending publication of the final rule.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/8/1991
Response: I CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE CG BELIEVES THAT THERE SHOULD BE ADEQUATE MEANS OF ESCAPE FROM ALL NORALLY MANNED SPACES AND BERTHING SPACES. WE INTEND TO INCLUDE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEANS OF ESCAPE IN THE FINAL RULE FOR 46 CFR SUBCHAPTER L. THESE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE SIMILAR TO PROPOSED SUBPART 127.240. THE ARRANGEMENT OF THE MEANS OF ESCAPE ON TITAN WOULD NOT HAVE MET PROPOSED REQUIREMENTS OF SUBPART 127.240 ON THE SECOND AND THIRD DECK.

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)