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Safety Recommendation M-89-052
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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. PETERS BURG, FLORIDA, WHERE THEY WERE TREATED AND LATER RELEASED. DAMAGE AND REPAIR COSTS WERE ESTIMATED AT $3.5 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT SEAESCAPE: FOR EACH VESSEL IN YOUR FLEET PROVIDE LIFEJACKETS AT EACH MUSTER STATION FOR PASSENGERS IN ADDITION TO THOSE LIFEJACKETS STOWED IN THE CABINS.
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: 11/12/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Seascape Ltd. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Seascape Ltd.
Date: 11/12/1993
Response: THE RECOMMENDATION M-89-52 ASKED THAT SEA ESCAPE PROVIDE LIFEJACKETS AT EACH MUSTER STATION FOR PASSENGERS IN ADDITION TO THOSE LIFEJACKETS STOWE IN THE CABINS FOR EACH VESSEL IN ITS FLEET. BECAUSE SEA ESCAPE STATES IT NOW STOWS PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES AT THE MUSTER STATIONS ON ALL VESSELS AND BOTH IN THE CABINS AND AT THE MUSTER STATIONS ON THE SCANDINAVIAN STAR, RECOMMENDATION M-89-52 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED AS "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Seascape Ltd.
To: NTSB
Date: 9/15/1993
Response: INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING PARTNERS, INC. ARE THE TECHNICAL MANAGERS OF 2 VESSELS CHARTERED BY SEA ESCAPE LTD. MV SCANDINAVIAN DAWN AND MV SCANDINAVIAN SONG. AS TECHNICAL MANAGERS WE ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ONGOING SAFETY, WHICH IS CURRENTLY WELL TAKEN CARE OF IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS. WE IN THIS OFFICE ARE NOT AWARE OF THE EARLIER CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN SEA ESCAPE AND YOUR OFFICE, BUT WHEN VIEWING YOUR LETTER WE FEEL THAT ALL MENTIONED RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN CORRECTED AS STATED BELOW: M-89-52, THERE ARE LIFE JACKETS STORED AT EACH MUSTER STATION. THE NUMBER OF JACKETS ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH SOLAS REGULATIONS. OF THE VESSELS CHARTERED BY SEA ESCAPE, THE MV SCANDINAVIAN DAWN ONLY RUN ON DAILY CRUISES AND FEW PASSENGERS ARE BOOKED IN CABINS. USCG HAS REQUESTED, IN ORDER TO AVOID CONFUSION, THAT NO LIFE JACKETS ARE BEING STOWED IN THE CABINS. THE MV SCANDINAVIAN SONG DOES CARRY LIFE JACKETS IN THE CABINS ON OVER NIGHT CRUISES TO FREEPORT, BAHAMAS. THESE ARE BEING REMOVED DURING SHORTER DAY CRUISES, BUT IN BOTH CASES THE NUMBER OF JACKETS, THAT SOLAS REQUIRES STOWED AT THE MUSTER STATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: Seascape Ltd.
Date: 8/10/1993
Response: THE BOARD'S JANUARY 6, 1993, LETTER FURTHER STATED THAT PASSENGER VESSEL SAFETY IS INCLUDED ON THE BOARD'S "MOST WANTED" LIST, NOTING, "BY INCLUDING PASSENGER VESSEL SAFETY ON THE LIST, WE HOPED TO UNDERSCORE ITS IMPORTANCE TO A SAFE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. WHILE MOST TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS INVOLVING PASSENGER VESSELS ARE LICENSED OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES, THEY TRANSIT PRIMARILY TO AND FROM U.S. PORTS AND CARRY U.S. CITIZENS OR THEIR PROPERTY ON A REGULAR BASIS. THEREFORE, WE ARE CONCERNED THAT 13 OF 14 RECOMMENDATIONS WENT WITHOUT DISCUSSION; AND WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO LOOK AT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AGAIN IN AN EFFORT TO FURTHER RESPOND TO THE BOARD." BECAUSE OF THE CONTINUING LACK OF RESPONSE AND APPARENT LACK OF ACTION ON THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, THE BOARD CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT SEAESCAPE REJECTS THEM. CONSEQUENTLY, RECOMMENDATIONS M-89-52 THROUGH -56 AND -58 THROUGH -65 HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED AS "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION--NO RESPONSE RECEIVED." SHOULD THE BOARD RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM SEAESCAPE CONCERNING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, WE WILL GIVE FULL CONSIDERATION TO AMENDING THEIR STATUS.

From: Seascape Ltd.
To: NTSB
Date: 6/28/1993
Response: TO DATE (6/28/93) SEAESCAPE HAS NEVER RESPONDED TO OUR REQUESTS FOR ACTION ON THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. THEREFORE, AFTER ALMOST 6 MONTHS OF WAITING FOR A FOLLOWUP RESPONSE, AND DISCUSSION WITH SR-2, I RECOMMENDED THAT M-89-52 THROUGH -56 AND M-89-58 THROUGH -65 BE CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION-NO RESPONSE RECEIVED."

From: NTSB
To: Seascape Ltd.
Date: 1/6/1993
Response: WHILE WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPLYING US WITH THE SELECTED PAGES FROM THE JUNE 6, 1990, CONGRESSIONAL HEARING, WE WERE DISAPPOINTED THAT, OF THE 14 RECOMMENDATIONS ISSUED IN OUR AUGUST 8, 1989, LETTER, ONLY ONE WAS ADDRESSED IN YOUR SUBMITTAL. THE REMAINING, UNADDRESSED RECOMMENDATIONS (M-89-52 THROUGH -56 AND M-89-58 THROUGH-65) WILL BE HELD IN AN "OPEN--UNACCEPTABLE RESPONSE" STATUS PENDING YOUR FURTHER RESPONSE.

From: Seascape Ltd.
To: NTSB
Date: 10/3/1992
Response: SEAESCAPE WROTE: IN RESPONSE TO YOUR LETTER OF 6/10/92, WE ENCLOSE THE APPROPRIATE SECTIONS OF THE HEARING BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MERCHANT MARINE WHICH WAS HELD ON 6/6/90 AND CONSTITUTES OUR RESPONSE TO YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS OF 8/8/89.