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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-90-102
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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 COASTAL MARINE LIFT BARGES, INC.: REVISE LIFTBOAT OPERATING MANUALS TO INCLUDE SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE INSPECTION OF LEGS FOR FLOODING AND PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN TO MAINTAIN VESSEL STABILITY WHEN FLOODED LEGS ARE ENCOUNTERED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received
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: 7/13/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Coastal Marine Lift Barges, Inc. (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Coastal Marine Lift Barges, Inc.
Date: 7/13/1994
Response: OUR RECORDS INDICATE THAT THE BOARD HAS RECEIVED NO RESPONSE FROM COASTAL REGARDING THESE RCOMMENDATIONS. THEREFORE, RECOMMENDATIONS M-90-100 THROUGH -103 HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION-NO RESPONSE RECEIVED." SHOULD THE BOARD RECEIVE ANY INFO FROM COASTAL CONCERNING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, WE WILL GIVE FULL CONSIDERATION TO AMENDING THEIR STATUS.

From: Coastal Marine Lift Barges, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 3/3/1994
Response: WE HAVE NEVER RECEIVED A RESPONSE FROM COASTAL ON ANY OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.