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Safety Recommendation M-89-051
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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: INFORM THE MASTERS AND OPERATORS OF ALL PASSENGER VESSELS OPERATING UNDER THE COAST GUARD'S CONTROL VERIFICATION PROGRAM, BY APPROPRIATE PUBLISHED MEANS, OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND DEFICIENCIES IN THIS ACCIDENT.
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: 8/21/1991
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 8/21/1991
Response: Safety Recommendation M-89-51 urged the Coast Guard to inform the masters and operators of all passenger vessels operating under the Coast Guard's Control Verification Program, by appropriate published means, of the circumstances and deficiencies in the accident which prompted this recommendation. The Safety Board agrees that the measures the Coast Guard has taken to address the issues and circumstances of passenger vessel safety under its Control Verification Program, as described in your response, meet the intent of this safety recommendation. We have, therefore, classified Safety Recommendation M-89-51 as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 10/25/1990
Response: I CONCUR WITH THIS REC. MANY OF THE SPECIFIC TOPICS ADDRESSED IN THE BOARD'S REPORT HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISSEMINATED TO THE PASSENGER VESSEL INDUSTRY. AN ARTICLE IN THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE MARINE SAFETY COUNCIL ON THE CONTROL VERIFICATION PROCESS & RECENT PROBLEM AREAS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE AUGUST/SEPTEMBER, 1989 ISSUE. THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION AMONG CREWMEMBERS & WITH PASSENGERS WAS EMPHASIZED IN CG PRESENTATIONS AT CRUISE OP 89, AN INDUSTRY CONFERENCE HELD IN MIAMI, FLORIDA, IN OCTOBER 1989. ALSO, NAVIGATION & VESSEL INSPECTION CIRCULAR 1-85, "FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS ON FOREIGN PASSENGER VESSELS," IS BEING REVISED TO ADDRESS RECENT PROBLEM AREAS & TO REEMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CONTROL VERIFICATION PROGRAM TO THE INDUSTRY.