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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-90-097
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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 BEFORE DEPARTING ON ASSIGNMENT LIFTBOAT MASTERS GIVE BRIEFINGS ABOUT THE VESSEL'S SAFETY FEATURES AND APPROPRIATE ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN AN EMERGENCY TO ON-BOARD PERSONS AND PERSONS BOARDING LATER OFFSHORE BE SIMILARLY BRIEFED. SUCH BRIEFINGS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO BE LOGGED BY THE MASTER.
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-90-97 ASKED THAT THE USCG REQUIRE THAT BEFORE DEPARTING ON ASSIGNMENT, LIFTBOAT MASTERS GIVE BRIEFINGS ABOUT THE VESSEL'S SAFETY FEATURES & APPROPRIATE ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN AN EMERGENCY TO ON-BOARD PERSONS & [THAT] PERSONS BOARDING LATER OFFSHORE BE SIMILARLY BRIEFED. SUCH BRIEFINGS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO BE LOGGED BY MASTER. BECAUSE THE RECOMMENDED ITEMS ARE NOW REQURED BY 46 CFR 131-320 & 46 CFR 131-620, M-90-97 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 USCG INTENDS TO INCLUDE THIS RECOMMENDATION IN THE PENDING 46 CFR SUBCHAPTER L & REVISED NVIC 8-81, M-90-97 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-90-97 asked the Coast Guard to require that before departing on assignment, liftboat masters give briefings about the vessel's safety features and appropriate actions to be taken in an emergency to on-board persons and persons boarding later offshore be similarly briefed. Such briefings should be required to be logged by the master. The Safety Board notes that 46 Subchapter L will require that the crew and offshore workers receive safety orientations. However, we note that specifically Subpart 131.620, "Actions required to be logged," does not require the logging of safety orientation briefings. Therefore, we urge the Coast Guard to revise the subpart and will hold this safety recommendation in an "Open--Acceptable Response" status pending the Coast-Guard's further consideration of this issue.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/8/1991
Response: I CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. REQUIREMENTS FOR SAFETY ORIENTATION OF CREW AND OFFSHORE WORKERS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL RULE FOR 46 CFR SUBCHAPTER L. THESE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE SIMILAR TO THOSE PROPOSED IN SUBPARTS 131.320 AND 131.620.

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)