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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-90-098
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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 LIFTBOAT OWNERS TO MONITOR REGULARLY THE SAFETY PROCEDURES CONDUCTED ON BOARD THEIR VESSELS TO ENSURE THAT ON-BOARD PERSONS ARE BRIEFED ABOUT THE VESSEL'S SAFETY FEATURES, EMERGENCY DRILLS ARE HELD REGULARLY, AND BRIEFINGS AND DRILLS ARE LOGGED BY THE MASTER.
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: 11/6/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 11/6/1996
Response: M-90-98 ASKED THAT THE USCG REQUIRE LIFTBOAT OWNERS TO MONITOR REGULARY THE SAFETY PROCEDURES CONDUCTED ON BOARD THEIR VESSELS TO ENSURE THAT ON-BOARD PERSONS ARE BRIEFED ABOUT THE VESSEL'S SAFETY FEATURES, EMERGENCY DRILLS ARE HELD REGULARLY, & BRIEFINGS & DRILLS ARE LOGGED BY THE MASTER. THE REGULATIONS AT 46 CFR 131.620, "MATTERS THAT MUST BE LOGGED," & 46 CFR 131-610(E), WHICH REQUIRES THAT COPIES OF THESE LOGS BE AVAILABLE FOR USCG INSPECTORS REVIEWS, SATISFY THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. ACCORDINGLY, M-90-98 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATE 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-90-98 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATE RESPONSE," PENDING PUBLICATION OF THE FINAL RULES.

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

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/18/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation M-90-98 asked that the Coast Guard require liftboat owners to monitor regularly the safety procedures conducted on board their vessels to ensure that on-board persons are briefed about the vessel's safety features, emergency drills are held regularly, and briefings and drills are logged by the master. The Safety Board has reviewed the requirements in Subpart 131.620 and notes that with the exception of briefings, the actions to be logged include those specified by this recommendation. We understand that official logbooks (those logbooks required by law) with the required entries must be filed with the Coast Guard Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, at or nearest the port where the vessel may be. We note that the owner, operator, or master of a vessel who is not required by law to maintain an official logbook will be required by the final rule to supply an alternate log or record and to make it available to a Coast Guard marine inspector for 1 year beyond the date to which the records refer. Thus, the Coast Guard will be able to review a vessel's logs to determine if the master or the person-in-charge is complying with the logkeeping regulations. The Safety Board understands that if the master or person-in-charge does not comply with the regulations, the Coast Guard will

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/8/1991
Response: I CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. THW OWNER OF A VESSEL IS CLEARLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OR INACTIONS OF HIS EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING VESSEL'S MASTER OR THE PERSON IN CHARGE OF THE VESSEL. THE COAST GUARD INTENDS TO REQUIRE ENTRIES IN THE VESSEL'S LOG SIMILAR TO THOSE IN PROPOSED SUBPART 131.620 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)