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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-90-104
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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 LAREDO CONSTRUCTION, INC.: PROVIDE YOUR EMPLOYEES WORKING OFFSHORE WITH MARINE SAFETY AND SURVIVAL TRAINING THAT RELATES TO THE HAZARDS ENCOUN TERED WHILE ENGAGED IN OFFSHORE VESSEL OPERATIONS.
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: 5/12/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Laredo Construction, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Training and Education, Water Survival

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Laredo Construction, Inc.
Date: 5/12/1994
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THT LAREDO HAS REVISED ITS SAFETY PROCEDURES & DEVELOPED COMPANY POLICIES ON "MARINE SAFETY & SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES," INCLUDING SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ON THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SHIP'S CAPTAIN & JOB SUPERINTENDENT REGARDING SHIPBOARD SAFEY ENFORCEMENT, CREW & INDUSTRIAL-WORKER ORIENTATION IN FIREFIGHTING, EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES, & USE OF LIFESAVING & SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT. LAREDO HAS ALSO DEVELOPED SPECIFIC EVACUATION & FIRE-DRILL PROCEDURES. BECAUSE OF THESE POSITIVE ACTIONS, RECOMMENDATION M-90-104 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Laredo Construction, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 3/30/1994
Response: THE SAFETY DISCUSSIONS & MEETINGS PRESCRIBED UNDER THESE COMPANY POLICIES ARE THE MINIMUM THAT IS REQUIRED BY OUR SUPERINTENDENT FOR EACH JOB. WE HOPE THAT THIS PROVES SATISFACTORY FOR MEETING THE RECOMMMENDATIONS YOU PRESCRIBED IN 1991. WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT OUR COMPANY POLICIES REGARDING SAFETY ARE SOME OF THE MOST STRINGENT IN THE OFFSHORE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY & MEET OR EXCEED ALL USCG REQUIREMENTS.

From: NTSB
To: Laredo Construction, Inc.
Date: 4/8/1991
Response: Thank you for your response to the National Transportation Safety Board's Safety Recommendation M-90-104 concerning the need for providing your employees working offshore with marine safety and survival training that relates to the hazards encountered while engaged in offshore vessel operations. We have reviewed the "Safety Procedures" and "Company Policies and Regulations" that you provided. However, we do not agree that holding a 20-minute safety meeting "at the beginning of each job and any time thereafter as conditions dictate" (item 7 of the company's "Safety Procedures") satisfies the requirements of this safety reconnnendation. We continue to believe that offshore workers should receive specific training in marine safety and survival procedures before being assigned to work on offshore vessels. In the absence of such training, the Safety Board believes that, at a minimum, periodic drills should be held for offshore workers aboard vessels so they can become familiar with procedures for such operations as abandoning ship, donning life preservers, launching lifesaving equipment (liferafts, lifefloats, and lifeboats), and fighting fires. Therefore, we ask that you review this matter in light of our comments. In the meantime, we have classified Safety Recommendation M-90-104 as "Open--Unacceptable Response" pending your further reply.

From: Laredo Construction, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 2/5/1991
Response: IN RESPONSE TO YOUR LETTER DATED 1/14/91, PLEASE FIND ATTACHED COPIES OF LAREDO CONSTRUCTION, INC'S SAFETY PROCEDURES AND COMPANY POLICIES AND REGULATIONS. AS A MATTER OF POLICY, WE HAVE INSTRUCTED OUR SUPERINTENDENTS TO HOLD A SAFETY MEETING AT LEAST AT THE START OF EACH JOB DURING WHICH THE CAPTAIN OF THE VESSEL GIVES A BRIEFING ON THE VESSELS STATION BILL, LIFE JACKET LOCATIONS, EMERGENCY PROCEDURES, ETC. I TRUST THIS INFORMATION ADEQUATELY DESCRIBES OUR IMPLEMENTATION OF YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS.