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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-89-050
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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: REVISE THE FOREIGN VESSEL CONTROL VERIFICATION EXAMINATION BOOKLET (CG-840F) TO BE CURRENT WITH THE SOLAS CONVENTIONS AND AMENDMENTS.
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: 5/1/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 5/1/1997
Response: M-89-50 ASKED THAT THE USCG REVISE THE FOREIGN VESSEL CONTROL VERIFICATION EXAMINATION BOOKLET (CG-84OF) TO THE CURRENT WITH THE SOLAS CONVENTIONS & AMENDMENTS. BECAUSE THE USCG INCLUDED THE NEW SOLAS INFO IN THE BOOKLET, AS REQUESTED ON 4/5/96, M-89-50 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 10/18/1996
Response: USCG IS ASKING FOR RECONSIDERING OF THE 'CUA" STATUS OF THIS RECOMMENDATION BASED ON THE FOLLOWING ACTION: THIS RECOMMENDATION WAS ADDRESSED BY THE MARINE SAFETY MANUAL VOLUME II, CHANGE 10, WHICH WAS PUBLISHED 4/5/96. THE CG-84OF WAS REPLACED BY THE FOREIGN VESSEL EXAM BOOKLET, WHICH BROUGHT THE INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS CURRENT WITH SOLAS CONVENTIONS & AMENDMENTS. THE USCG REQUESTS THAT THE STATUS OF THIS RECOMMENDATION BE CHANGED TO CLOSED ACCEPTABLE ACTION (CAA).

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 4/16/1996
Response: BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN NO FURTHER RESPONSE FROM THE USCG ON THIS ISSUE & GIVEN THE AGE OF THE RECOMMENDATION, M-89-50 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 11/28/1994
Response: BECAUSE THE FOREIGN VESSEL CONTROL VERIFICATION EXAMINATION BOOKLET (EG-84OF) IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVISION & COMPLETION IS ANTICIPATED IN EARLY 1995, M-89-50 WILL REMAIN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE." THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE BEING ADVISED WHEN THIS INSPECTION BOOK HAS BEEN REVISED.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 3/23/1994
Response: THE INSPECTION BOOKLET IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVISION & COMPLETION IS ANTICIPATED BY MID 1994.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 8/21/1991
Response: Safety Recommendation M-89-50 asked the Coast Guard to revise the Foreign Vessel Control Verification Booklet (CG-840F) to make it current with the SOLAS Conventions and Amendments. We note that the Coast Guard concurs with this safety recommendation and will notify the Safety Board when CG-840F has been revised. This safety recommendation has been classified as "Open--Acceptable Response" pending your further reply.

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 10/25/1990
Response: I CONCUR WITH THIS REC. I RECOGNIZE THAT THE FOREIGN VESSEL CONTROL VERIFICATION EXAMINATION BOOKLET NEEDS TO BE UPDATED TO REFLECT RECENT CHANGES IN SOLAS & TO EMPHASIZE PROBLEM AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN DETECTED DURING RECENT CONTROL VERIFICATION EXAMINATIONS. ALTHOUGH IT IS USED PRIMARILY TO JOG THE MEMORY OF THE ATTENDING INSPECTOR RATHER THAN AS A COMPREHENSIVE CHECKOFF LIST, INFORMAL COMMENTS FROM FIELD PERSONNEL INDICATE THAT THERE ARE SHORTCOMINGS WITH THE PRESENT VERSION.