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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-95-059
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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 & 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" & 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 U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS: COOPERATE WITH THE USCG IN DEVELOPING A FIRE CONTINGENCY PLAN THAT ENSURES A RAPID RESPONSE WITH ADEQUATE FIREFIGHTING RESOURCES TO A MAJOR SHIPBOARD FIRE IN ANY PORT OR TERMINAL WITHIN THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS.
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: 4/25/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Virgin Islands of the United States (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Virgin Islands of the United States
Date: 4/25/2001
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD IS AWARE THROUGH CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE U.S. COAST GUARD THAT THE COAST GUARD, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES, APPROVED THE HESS OIL VIRGIN ISLANDS CORPORATION'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN. ACCORDINGLY, M-95-59 IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: NTSB
To: Virgin Islands of the United States
Date: 4/12/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD REQUESTED A STATUS ON M-95-59.

From: NTSB
To: Virgin Islands of the United States
Date: 5/14/1998
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT SEVERAL AGENCIES WITHIN THE USVI GOVERNMENT, HESS OIL VIRGIN ISLANDS COMPANY, & WEST INDIAN COMPANY HAVE DRAFTED A FIRE CONTINGENCY PLANT THAT INCORPORATES ONE SUBMITTED BY HESS & ANOTHER FORMULATED BY THE OTHER PORT ENTITIES. WE FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT THE DRAFT PLAN HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE USCG FOR REVIEW & THAT APPROVAL IS EXPECTED AS EARLY AS THIS MAY, WITH POSSIBLE DISSEMINATION BY EARLY SUMMER. ACCORDINGLY, M-95-59 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE." THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE BEING KEPT INFORMED OF THE PROGRESS OF THIS PROJECT & RECEIVING A COPY OF THE COMPLETED FIRE CONTINGENCY PLAN.

From: Virgin Islands of the United States
To: NTSB
Date: 4/14/1998
Response: (Letter Mail Controlled 4/20/98 5:28:07 PM MC# 980506) SEVERAL AGENCIES WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, HESS OIL VIRGIN ISLAND COMPANY & WEST INDIAN COMPANY HAVE PUT TOETHER A FIRST DRAFT OF THIS PLAN. THIS GROUP, CHARIED BY COMMANDER SALERNO OF THE SAN JUAN USCG , IS PRESENTLY REVIEWING THIS PLAN & SHOULD RETURN COMMENTS IN MAY AT THEIR NEXT MEETING. THIS OVERALL PLAN INCORPORATES ONE SPECIFIC SUBMITTED BY HESS, ANOTHER FORMULATED BY THE OTHER PORT ENTITIES. IF THE PLAN IS RATIFIED BY ALL AGENCIES INVOLVED, A FINAL PLAN WILL BE COMPLETED & AVAILABLE BY JUNE 30 1998, ACCORDING PAUL ALBERTSON OF THE USCG IN PUERTO RICO.

From: NTSB
To: Virgin Islands of the United States
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD ASKED THAT THE USVI COOPERATE WITH THE USCG IN DEVELOPING A FIRE CONTINGENCY PLAN THAT ENSURES A RAPID RESPONSE WITH ADEQUATE FIREFIGHTING RESOURES TO A MAJOR SHIPBOARD FIRE IN ANY PORT OR TERMINAL WITHIN THE U.S. VIRIGIN ISLANDS (M-95-59). TO DATE, THE BOARD HAS RECEIVED NO CORRESPONDENCE FROM USVI. WE WOULD APPRECIATE BEING INFORMED ABOUT EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN OR ARE BEING MADE TO IMPLEMENT THIS RECOMMENDATION. A COPY OF OUR 12/22/95, CORRESPONDENCE IS ENCLOSED.

From: NTSB
To: Virgin Islands of the United States
Date: 3/4/1998
Response: NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.