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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-89-049
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Synopsis: ABOUT 2325 ON MARCH 15, 1988, A FIRE OCCURRED IN THE ENGINE ROOM OF THE BAHAMIAN FLAG PASSENGER VESSEL SCANDINAVIAN STAR. AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE, THE SHIP WAS ABOUT 50 NMI NORTHEAST OF CANCUN, MEXICO, EN ROUTE FROM COZUMEL, MEXICO, EN ROUTE FROM COZUMEL, MEXICO, TO ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, WITH 439 PASSENGERS AND 268 CREWMEMBERS ON BOARD. THE MASTER BROADCAST A DISTRESS MESSAGE AND ORDERED THE EVACUATION OF PASSENGERS TO THE FOUR MUSTER STATIONS ON THE SHIP. THE LOSS OF MAIN GENERATOR AND EMERGENCY GENERATOR ELECTRICAL POWER AND THE MALFUNCTION OF THE SHIP'S FIXED CO2 FIRE FIGHTING SYSTEM HINDERED EFFORTS TO FIGHT THE FIRE. THE INABILITY OF CREWMEMBERS TO COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH PASSENGERS CREATED CONFUSION DURING THE FIREFIGHTING AND EVACUATION ACTIVITIES. TWO CREWMEMBERS RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES DURING THE EMERGENCY. TWO PASSENGERS WERE MEDI VACED FROM THE VESSEL AND FLOWN TO A HOSPITAL IN ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, WHERE THEY WERE TREATED AND LATER RELEASED. DAMAGE AND REPAIR COSTS WERE ESTIMATED AT $3.5 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE U.S. COAST GUARD: PROPOSE THAT THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION AMEND SOLAS '74 REQUIREMENTS FOR PASSENGER VESSELS TO: DIRECT U.S. COAST GUARD INSPECTORS CONDUCTING CONTROL VERIFICATION PROGRAM EXAMINATIONS OF FOREIGN FLAG PASSENGER VESSELS TO VERIFY THAT THE EMERGENCY GENERATOR IS INDEPENDENT AND NOT RELIANT ON A POWER SOURCE FROM THE MAIN ENGINEROOM.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Gulf of Mexico, GM, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MM038
Accident Reports: Fire on Board the Bahamian Passenger Ship The Scandinavian Star
Report #: MAR-89-04
Accident Date: 3/15/1988
Issue Date: 8/8/1989
Date Closed: 11/28/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 11/28/1994
Response: BECAUSE NVIC 1-93 PROVIDES VESSEL OWNERS WITH INFORMATION & GUIDANCE NECESSARY TO PREPARE FOR INITIAL, ANNUAL & QUARTERLY EXAMINATIONS, INCLUDING TESTING THE EMERGENCY GENERATOR, & BECAUSE THE CONTENTS OF THIS NVIC HAVE BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE MARINE SAFETY MANUAL TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL POLICY GUIDNACE TO USCG MARINE INSPECTORS ASSIGNED THESE DUTIES, THE INTENT OF M-89-49 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 3/23/1994
Response: THE USCG CONCURS WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. HOWEVER, WE CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR CERTIFYING THAT VESSELS ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH SOLAS REMAINS WITH THE FLAG ADMINISTRATION. WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO DIRECT INSPECTORS TO VERITY THAT THE EMERGENCY GENERATOR IS INDEPENDENT FROM THE MAIN ENGINEROOM. HOWEVER, NVIC 1-93 PUBLISHED ON 1/21/93, PROVIDES VESSEL OWNERS WITH INFO & GUIDANCE NECESSARY TO PREPARE FOR INITIAL, ANNUAL, & QUARTERLY EXAMINATIONS. THIS GUIDANCE INCLUDES TESTING THE EMERGENCY GENERATOR. IN ADDITION, THE CONTENTS FOR THIS NVIC HAVE BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE MARINE SAFETY MANUAL TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL POLICY GUIDANCE TO USCG INSPECTORS ASSIGNED THESE DUTIES. THE USCG INTENDS NO FURTHER ACTION ON THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 8/21/1991
Response: Safety Recommendation M-89-49 asked the Coast Guard to direct U.S. Coast Guard inspectors conducting Control Verification Program examinations of foreign-flag passenger vessels to verify that the emergency generator is independent and not reliant on a power source from the main engineroom. We note that the Coast Guard intends to issue a policy letter on control verification examinations addressing inspection of emergency generators. Therefore, we will hold this safety recommendation in an "Open--Acceptable Response" status pending notification that the letter has been issued.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 10/25/1990
Response: I CONCUR WITH THIS REC. THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR CERTIFYING THAT VESSELS ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH SOLAS REMAINS WITH THE FLAG ADMINISTRATION. HOWEVER, CG FIELD PERSONNEL ARE ROUTINELY ADVISED THROUGH POLICY LETTERS WHEN SPECIFIC PROBLEM AREAS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED, & ARE DIRECTED TO CONCENTRATE EFFORTS IN THOSE AREAS. EMERGENCY GENERATORS WILL BE ADDRESSED IN A FUTURE POLICY LETTER ON CONTROL VERIFICATION EXAMINATIONS. I WILL INFORM THE BOARD WHEN ACTION HAS BEEN COMPLETED.