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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-95-056
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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 THAT THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION DEVELOP A STANDARD FOR ENGINEROOM FIRE ESCAPE DRILLS THAT WILL INCLUDE, AT A MINIMUM, HOW TO LOCATE & DON BREATHING APPARATUS & HOW TO FIND & USE EMERGENCY EXITS IN SIMULATED FIRE CONDITIONS.
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: 2/4/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 2/4/2002
Response: The Coast Guard reports that the IMO has adopted amendments to SOLAS containing detailed requirements for fire and escape drills on board all ships. In particular, a new regulation stipulates that all crewmembers must be trained to be familiar with the arrangements of the ship, able to find and don emergency escape breathing devices, and able to locate and use escape routes. Based on the Coast Guard's efforts in this area, Safety Recommendation M-95-56 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 4/3/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 04/12/2001 5:14:03 PM MC# 2010311 The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Sub-committee on Fire Protection has recently completed a comprehensive review of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, regarding fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction. Amendments adopted in 1996 and 2000 specifically address the requirements for fire drills. Amendments to regulation III/19.3 and III/19.5 provide for detailed requirements for fire drills, including that they be planned in such a way that due consideration be given to regular practice in the various emergencies that could occur. This would include the conduct of fire and escape drills in the engine room. A new regulation II-2/15.2.2.1 specifies that all crewmembers shall be trained to be familiar with the arrangements of the ship as well as the locations and operation of any fire fighting systems and appliances that they may be called upon to use. In addition, regulation II-2/15.2.2.2 requires training in the use of emergency escape breathing devices (EEBDs). These new regulations would include the requirement for training in such topics as finding and donning EEBDs and locating and using escape routes. We consider our actions on this recommendation complete and request that it be assigned a status of "Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action."

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 3/6/2001
Response: The Safety Board is continuing to review its safety recommendation files to identify recommendations for which there has been no correspondence for an extended period of time. Our review indicates that currently, 79 safety recommendations that have been issued to the Coast Guard are being held in an "Open" status; no information was provided in the Coast Guard’s July 31, 2000, letter regarding these recommendations. In some cases, action on these 78 recommendations has not been reported for some time; for recommendations issued in 2000, there has been no response at all to the original recommendation letter. Enclosed is a list of these safety recommendations.

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 WILL MAKE SUCH A PROPOSAL, RECOMMENDATION M-95-56 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. AS A PART OF THE CG'S EFFORTS TO IMPROVE CREW RESPONSE TO FIRES, WE WILL PROPOSE TO IMO THAT STANDARDS BE DEVELOPED FOR THE CONDUCT OF ALL FIRE DRILLS, INCLUDING ENGINEROOM FIRE AND ESCAPE DRILLS. THE CG REQUESTS THAT THE STATUS OF THIS RECOMMENDATION BE CHANGED TO OPEN--ACCEPTABLE ACTION.