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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-92-023
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 20, 1990, THE REFLAGGED 760-FOOT-LONG U.S. TANK SHIP SURF CITY, LOADED WITH NAPHTHA AND AUTOMOTIVE DIESEL OIL, DEPARTED KUWAIT EN ROUTE TO DISCHARGE PORTS IN SOUTHERN EUROPE. AT 1012 ON FEBRUARY 22, THE MASTER AND THE CHIEF MATE WERE STANDING AT THE NO.4 STARBOARD WATER BALLAST TANK ACCESS TRUNK WHEN AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED IN THE TANK. THE TANK AND AREA AFT TO THE DECKHOUSE ON THE STARBOARD SIDE WERE IMMEDIATELY ENGULFED IN FLAMES. THE CREW ABANDONED SHIP IN THE PORT LIFEBOAT AND WERE RESCUED BY THE U.S. NAVY GUIDED MISSILE FRIGATE USS SIMPSON (FFG-56) AT 1053. U.S. NAVAL VESSELS RECOVERED THE MASTER'S REMAINS BUT THE CHIEF MATE IS MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD. THE FIRE BURNED FOR 2 WEEKS AND 196,985 BARRELS OF THE 606,215 BARRELS OF CARGO WERE LOST. THE VALUE OF THE LOADED CARGO WAS $12.88 MILLION AND ITS SALVED VALUE WAS $6.5 MILLION. THE VESSEL, VALUED AT $30 MILLION BEFORE THE ACCIDENT WAS SOLD IN ITS DAMAGED CONDITION FOR $4.85 MILLION. THE DAMAGE LOSS RESULTING FROM THIS ACCIDENT TOTALED $31.53 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE GLENEAGLE SHIP MANAGEMENT COMPANY: DISSEMINATE TO ALL COMPANY TANK SHIP OFFICERS INFORMATION ABOUT THE NATURE AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS ACCIDENT IN ORDER TO ALERT THEM TO POTENTIAL SAFETY HAZARDS OF VENTILATING BALLAST TANKS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Other Seas and Gulfs, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA90MM019
Accident Reports:
Explosion and Fire on the U.S. Tank Ship Surf City
Report #: MAR-92-02
Accident Date: 2/22/1990
Issue Date: 4/29/1992
Date Closed: 6/10/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Gleneagle Ship Management Company, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Gleneagle Ship Management Company, Inc.
Date: 6/10/1993
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT GLENEAGLE SHIP MANAGEMENT COMPANY HAS IMPLEMENTED THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. THEREFORE, M-92-22 THROUGH -24 HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Gleneagle Ship Management Company, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 3/31/1993
Response: A COPY OF THE NTSB REPORT HAS BEEN SENT TO ALL CHESAPEAKE VESSELS WITH A REMINDER THAT THE COMPANY'S PROCEDURES ARE TO BE STRICTLY OBSERVED AND EXECUTED DURING ALL TANK EXAMINATIONS. ADDITIONALLY IT HAS BEEN RE-STATED IN THE MASTER'S LETTER ACCOMPANYING THE NTSB REPORT THAT THE OPERATING PROCEDURES RELATING TO ROUTINE TESTING OF THE BALLAST TANKS AND VOID SPACES FOR HYROCARBON GAS ARE TO BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO AND RECORDED.

From: NTSB
To: Gleneagle Ship Management Company, Inc.
Date: 3/24/1993
Response: OUR RECORDS SHOW THAT WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED A RESPONSE FROM YOUR COMPANY REGARDING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. WE WOULD APPRECIATE BEING INFORMED ABOUT EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN OR ARE BEING MADE TO IMPLEMENT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.