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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-95-044
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Synopsis: ABOUT 8:35 P.M. ON 12/3/94, AN ENGINEMAN FIRE OCURED ABOARD THE U.S. SMALL PASSENGER VESSEL ARGO COMMODORE WHILE ON A DINNER CRUISE IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY. ALL PASSENGER WERE SAFELY EVACUATED BY A USCG VESSEL & A PASSING YACHT; THERE WERE NO DEATHS OR INJURIES AMONG THE 41 PASSENGERS & 4 CREW MEMBERS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE PASSENGER VESSEL ASSOCIATION: RECOMMENDS TO YOUR MEMBERS THAT THEY ROUTINELY PROVIDE PRE-DEPARTURE SAFETY ORIENTATIONS TO PASSENGERS DESCRIBING THE PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW IN AN EMERGENCY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Harbor, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA95MM014
Accident Reports:
Fire Aboard U.S. Small Passenger Vessel Argo Commodore
Report #: MAR-95-03
Accident Date: 12/3/1994
Issue Date: 11/24/1995
Date Closed: 7/21/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Passenger Vessel Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Passenger Vessel Association
Date: 7/21/1997
Response: AMEND THEM AS NEEDED & THAT THE PVA'S SAFETY & LOSS CONTROL COMMITTEE MEETS MONTHLY TO DEVELOP AN ANNUAL AGENDA FOR SAFETY-RELATED INFO PRODUCTS THAT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO YOUR MEMBERS. THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE PVA ADDRESSED THE RECOMMENDATIONS AT ITS 1996 & 1997 ANNUAL CONVENTIONS. ACCORDINGLY, M-95-43 -44 HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Passenger Vessel Association
To: NTSB
Date: 5/29/1997
Response: PLEASE EXCUSE THIS BELATED RESPONSE TO YOUR LETTER OF 11/24/95, INFORMING US OF THE RECOMMENDATION TO THE PASSENGER VESSEL ASSOCIATION (PVA) GROWING OUT OF THE NTSB'S ARGO COMMODORE INVESTIGATIVE REPORT. THE REQUIREMENTS OF THAT LETTER WERE FULFILLED ON A TIMELY BASIS, BUT OUR NOTIFICATION TO YOU OF THAT FACT SOMEHOW SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS. WE SINCERELY BELIEVED THAT WE HAD REPLIED IMMEDIATELY AFTER RECEIVING YOUR LETTER, BUT THAT OBVIOUSLY, WAS NOT THE CASE. YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS M-95-43 & -44 WERE IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF SAFETY SESSIONS HELD DURING OUR CONVENTION IN ST. LOOUIS IN JANUARY 1996 & AT OUR CONVENTION IN NEW ORLEANS IN FEBRUARY 1997. WE HAVE ALSO FOLLOWED UP WITH THE BROADER MEMBERSHIP THROUGH SEVERAL RELATED ARTICLES IN THE FOGHORN-PVA'S MONTHLY NEWSLETTER. AS YOU KNOW PVA HAS A LONG HISTORY OF EDUCATING ITS MEMBERS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY IN THEIR DAILY OPERATIONS BECAUSE OF THIS, WE KNOW THAT THE ARGO COMMODDORE INCIDENT IS NOT TYPICAL OF OUR INDUSTRY OR OUR MEMBERSHIP. WE DO, HOWEVER, REALIZE THAT THE PUBLIC JUDGES US ALL BY THE MARGINAL ACTS OF THE FEW. THE ASSOCIATION'S SAFETY EDUCATION EFFORT IS FOSTERED BY THE PVA SAFETY & LOSS CONTROL COMMITTEE WHICH BRINGS MEMBER VOLUNTEER TOGETHER ON A REGULAR BASIS THROUGH FREQUENT MEETINGS & MONTHLY CONFERENCE CALLS. THIS COMMITTEE DEFINES AN ANNUAL AGENDA FOR SAFETY-RELATED INFO PRODUCTS THAT WILL BE DEVELOPED & DISTRIBUTED TO MEMBER COMPANIES. THIS EFFORT INVOLVES HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEER HOURS & GREAT PERSONAL INVESTMENT BY THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS. THESE MATERIALS ARE USED EXTENSIVELY BY MEMBERS TO ESTABLISH, BROADEN & FINE-TUNE SAFETY PROGRAMS, ENCLOSED ARE TWO EXAMPLES OF NEWLY PUBLISHED SAFETY MANUALS. IN THE FALL OF 1995, PVA COMMITTED RESOURCES TO HIRE A SAFETY & LOSS CONTROL CONSULTANT WITH STRONG CREDENTIALS IN CLASSROOM & ON-SITE TRAINING. THIS PERSON IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR ENDORSED INSURANCE BROKER & WITH PVA'S SAFETY & LOSS CONTROL COMMITTEE TO CONTINUE THE ONGOING MEMBERSHIP EMPOWERMENT EFFORTS WHILE SHARPENING THE FOCUS & DELIVERY OF THAT INFO. HE IS ALSO PROVIDING SPECIFIC SAFETY COUNSEL TO MEMBER COMPANIES.

From: NTSB
To: Passenger Vessel Association
Date: 4/7/1997
Response: TO DATE, THE BOARD HAS RECEIVED NO CORRESPONDENCE FROM PVA. WE WOULD APPRECIATE BEING INFORMED ABOUT EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN OR ARE BEING MADE TO IMPLEMENT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.