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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-01-013
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Synopsis: ON THE MORNING OF 5/23/00, WHILE THE NETHERLANDS-REGISTERED PASSENGER SHIP NIEUW AMSTERDAM WAS EN ROUTE TO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK CARRYING 1,169 PASSENGERS AND 542 CREWMEMBERS, A FIRE BROKE OUT IN A CREW CABIN. A PREMATURE EFFORT TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE BY OFFICERS LACKING PROPER GEAR AND BACKUP CONTRIBUTED TO THE SPREAD OF FIRE AND SMOKE. THE FIRE DID NOT SPREAD BEYOND THE DECK OF ORIGIN; HOWEVER, THE UNTIMELY CLOSING OF FIRE SCREEN DOORS (FSD'S) AND WATERTIGHT DOORS (WTD'S) ALLOWED THE SMOKE TO MIGRATE UP EIGHT DECKS, CREATING HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IN CREW AND PASSENGER ACCOMMODATIONS AREAS. PROPERLY OUTFITTED AND EQUIPPED SHIPBOARD FIREFIGHTING TEAMS SUBSEQUENTLY EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE. ONE PASSENGER SUSTAINED SMOKE INHALATION INJURIES AND HAD TO BE EVACUATED BY MEDICAL HELICOPTER TO A SHORESIDE HOSPITAL FOR ADDITIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT. PROPERTY DAMAGE TO THE VESSEL WAS ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN $360,000.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE U.S. COAST GUARD: SUBMIT THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD'S INVESTIGATION OF THE NIEUW AMSTERDAM ACCIDENT, IN PARTICULAR, THE NEED FOR PROPER FIREFIGHTING MANAGEMENT AND THE NEED TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF SMOKE, TO THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION'S WORKING GROUP ON LARGE PASSENGER SHIP SAFETY FOR ITS CONSIDERATION.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Bays, AK, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA00MM027
Accident Reports:
Fire on Board the Netherlands-Registered Passenger Ship Nieuw Amsterdam
Report #: MBR-01-01
Accident Date: 5/23/2000
Issue Date: 8/8/2001
Date Closed: 4/21/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 4/21/2004
Response: The Safety Board notes that the Coast Guard submitted the Safety Board's report of the 2000 fire on the Nieuw Amsterdam to the IMO, which subsequently adopted and published on May 28, 2002, the lessons learned from the report as guidelines in circular MSC/Circ.1034. This action satisfies the intent of the recommendation. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-01-13 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 11/21/2003
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/24/2003 11:53:02 AM MC# 2030572 The Coast Guard submitted the lessons learned from the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation of the NIEUW AMSTERDAM accident to the 46th session of the International Maritime Organization’s Fire Protection (FP) Sub-committee, because the FP Sub-committee had smoke control and ventilation as an agenda item for that session. The lessons Learned (document FP46/Inf.7) were considered by the Sub-committee, which later forwarded draft guidelines for smoke control and ventilation systems for internal assembly stations and atriums on new passengers ships to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). The MSC subsequently adopted and published the guidelines as circular MSC/Citc. 1034 on May 28.2002. We consider our action on this recommendation complete and request that it be closed.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 12/10/2001
Response: The Safety Board is pleased to learn that the Coast Guard concurs with the recommendation and will submit the lessons learned from the Board's investigation in a paper to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) for its next meeting, scheduled to begin in May 2002. The Coast Guard will also recommend that the lessons learned be taken into consideration by the Large Passenger Ship Safety Working Group, which will meet during that session. Pending notification from the Coast Guard that the lessons learned, particularly the need for proper firefighting management and the need to control the spread of smoke, have been submitted to the IMO working group, Safety Recommendation M-01-13 is classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 10/10/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 10/11/2001 4:15:38 PM MC# 2010846 We concur with this recommendation. We will submit the lessons learned from the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation in a paper to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) for its next meeting, scheduled to begin in May 2002. In that paper, we will recommend to the MSC that the lessons learned be taken into consideration by the Large Passenger Ship Safety Working Group, which will meet during that session.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 10/5/2001
Response: An e-mail was sent to the USCG for an update to M-89-16, M-91-34, M-97-39, M-97-40, M-97-42 and M-01-13.