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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-95-054
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Synopsis: ON 10/8/94, THE LIBERIAN TANKSHIP SEAL ISLAND WAS MOORED AT THE HESS OIL REFINERY IN ST. CROIX U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS WHEN A FIRE ERUPTED IN THE ENGINEROOM. THREE CREWMEMBERS DIED AND SIX OTHER CREWMEMBERS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE FIRE. THE VESSEL'S ENGINEROOM, ACCOMODATIONS HOUSE, & PILOTHOUSE WERE DAMAGED SUCH THAT THE SEAL ISLAND WAS DECLARED "NO LONGER A USEFUL CARRIER" AND ITS OWNER, THE SEAL ISLAND SHIPPING CORPORATION, HAD IT TOWED TO SPAIN WHERE IT WAS SOLD AS SCRAP FOR $12 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE USCG: PROPOSE TO THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION THAT ALL SHIPS BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN READILY ACCESSIBLE EMERGENCY BREATHING APPARATUS TO FACILITATE ESCAPE FROM THE ENGINEROOM.
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 #: DCA95MM001
Accident Reports:
Engineroom Fire on Board the Liberian Tankship Seal Island while Moored at the Amerada Hess Oil Terminal
Report #: MAR-95-04
Accident Date: 10/8/1994
Issue Date: 12/22/1995
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: The Safety Board is pleased to learn that requirements for emergency escape breathing apparatus (EEBD) were proposed to the IMO, and that the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) approved the proposal at its 69th session in May 1998. In addition, the MSC also approved MSC/Circular 849, Guidelines on the Performance, Location, Use and Care of Emergency Escape Breathing Devices (EEBDs). The Board further understands that the requirement for EEBDs in enginerooms will be included in the next revision of Chapter 11-2 of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, and will apply to both new and existing ships. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-95-54 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/31/2000
Response: Requirements for emergency escape breathing apparatus (EEBD) were proposed to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) approved the proposal at its 69th session in May 1998. The MSC also approved MSC/Circular 849, "Guidelines on the performance, location, use and care of emergency escape breathing devices (EEBDs)". The requirement for EEBD's in enginerooms will be included in the next revision of Chapter 11-2 of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, and will apply to both new and existing ships.

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

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/21/1997
Response: BECAUSE THE CG IS PLANNING TO MAKE SUCH A PROPOSAL, RECOMMENDATION M-95-54 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE." THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE PERIODIC UPDATES ON THE STATUS OF THIS INITIATIVE.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 8/6/1996
Response: WE CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE CG WILL PROPOSE TO IMO THAT ALL SHIPS BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN READILY ACCESSIBLE EMERGENCY BREATHING APPARATUS IN ENGINEROOMS. THE CG PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED THIS PROPOSAL AS A VOLUNTARY MEASURE. EMERGENCY ESCAPE BREATHING DEVICES (EEBDS) ARE ON THE AGENDA OF THE UPCOMING 41ST SESSION OF THE FP SUBCOMMITTEE ON FIRE PROTECTION. THE CG REQUESTS THAT THE STATUS OF THIS RECOMMENDATION BE CHANGED TO OPEN--ACCEPTABLE ACTION.