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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-90-099
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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: INCLUDE IN COAST GUARD LICENSE EXAMINATIONS GIVEN TO LIFTBOAT MASTERS QUESTIONS THAT ADDRESS THE EFFECTS OF FLOODED LEGS ON VESSEL STABILITY AND THE PRECAUTIONS THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN BEFORE JACKING OPERATIONS BEGIN.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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: 7/25/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 7/25/2001
Response: Because the Coast Guard, in the licensing examination for liftboat master, has included questions concerning the effects of flooded liftboat legs on vessel stability, Safety Recommendation M-90-99 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/31/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 04/10/2001 6:26:50 PM MC# 2010309 The Coast Guard now includes questions concerning the effects of flooded liftboat legs on vessel stability for licensing as a liftboat master.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 7/14/1998
Response: NTSB REQUESTED A FOLLOWUP.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 11/6/1996
Response: THE BOARD HAS NOT RECEIVED ANY INFO ABOUT THE STATUS OF THIS RECOMMENDATION SINCE 1994 & WOULD APPRECIATE AN UPDATE. IN THE INTERIM, M-90-99 REMAINS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 3/15/1996
Response: NO FURTHER INFO FROM USCG ON THIS ISSUE.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 11/28/1994
Response: BECAUSE THE USCG HAS INITIATED A RULEMAKING PROJECT THAT ADDRESSES THE UNIQUE SKILLS REQUIRED OF A DECK OFFICER ON LIFEBOATS & ANTICIPATES PUBLICATION OF AN NPRM IN AUGUST 1995, M-90-99 WILL REMAIN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE," PENDING PUBLICATION OF THE FINAL RULES.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 3/23/1994
Response: THE USCG RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF VESSEL STABILITY ON THIS TYPE OF VESSEL. A MARINER' KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUBJECT OF VESSEL STABILITY CAN BE DETERMINED BY QUESTIONS CONTAINED IN EXAMINATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE ISSUANCE OF LIFTBOAT LICENSES OR FOR LIFTBOAT ENDORSEMENTS TO EXISTING LICENSES. IT IS OUR INTENTION TO INITIATE A RULEMAKING PROJECT WHICH WILL ADDRESS THE UNIQUE SKILLS OF A DECK OFFICER ON LIFBOATS. WE ANTICIPATE PUBLICATION OF AN NPRM IN AUGUST 1995.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/18/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation M-90-99 asked that the Coast Guard include in its license examinations given to liftboat masters questions that address the effects of flooded legs on vessel stability and the precautions that should be taken before jacking operations begin. The Safety Board notes that the Coast Guard concurs with this safety recommendation and will address this issue in a forthcoming rulemaking. The Safety Board will hold this recommendation in an "Open--Acceptable Response" status pending the rulemaking initiative.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/8/1991
Response: I CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE CG RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF VESSEL STABILITY ON THIS TYPE OF VESSEL. A MARINER'S KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUBJECT OF VESSEL STABILITY CAN BE DETERMINED BY QUESTIONS CONTAINED IN EXAMINATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE ISSUANCE OF LIFTBOAT LICENSES OR FOR LIFTBOAT ENDORSEMENTS TO EXISTING LICENSES. WE WILL INITIATE A RULEMAKING PROJECT WHICH WILL ADDRESS THE UNIQUE SKILLS OF A DECK OFFICER ON LIFTBOATS.