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Safety Recommendation M-95-057
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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 MODES OF FIRE PUMP STARTING SYSTEMS, INCLUDING ELECTRIC, HYDRAULIC, & PNEUMATIC, BE TESTED DURING FIRE & BOAT DRILLS.
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 SOLAS amendments addressing the maintenance and use of fire pumps. Revised standards stipulate that a fire pump must be started during any fire drill. One amendment established operational readiness and maintenance requirements for all fire equipment, including the various types of fire pump systems. Another amendment required all crewmembers to be trained and to be familiar with the firefighting equipment they were to use. Further, the amendment required all instructional manuals for fire pumps to include easily understood instructions. Based on the Coast Guard's efforts in this area, Safety Recommendation M-95-57 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 In 1996, regulation III/19.3.4.2.2 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, was amended to require that each fire drill must include starting of a fire pump. Subsequent amendments to Chapter II-2 of SOLAS included the adoption of a new regulation II-2/14, Operational readiness and maintenance, and II-2/15, Instructions, onboard training and drills. Regulation 14 includes the requirement for a maintenance plan that covers all fire fighting equipment, including the fire pumps. Regulation 15 requires that all crew members shall be trained to be familiar with any fire fighting systems and appliances that they may be called upon to use. In addition, it calls for training manuals that include easily understood instructions on the operation and use of fire-fighting systems and appliances, including the fire pumps. We believe these amendments effectively address this recommendation. 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-95-57 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. WE WILL PROPOSE TO IMO THAT THE STANDARDS BEING DEVELOPED FOR FIRE DRILLS INCLUDE ALL ASPECTS OF FIRE PUMP OPERATION. WE BELIEVE THAT THE CG'S PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE OPERATOR AWARENESS, COUPLED WITH ONGOING EFFORTS AT IMO TO IMPROVE STANDARDS FOR FIRE DRILLS AND INSPECTION, TESTING AND MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES, CAN BEST ACHIEVE THE GOALS OF IMPROVED CREW RESPONSE AND IMPROVED SYSTEM READINESS. CG REQUESTS THAT THE STATUS OF THIS RECOMMENDATION BE CHANGED TO OPEN--ACCEPTABLE ACTION.